Iraq to reduce winter crop area by 50% due to water shortage

Iraq’s agriculture ministry said on Sunday it would reduce its 2021–2022 winter crop planting area by 50% due to a water shortage.

Iraq was in a good position regarding water due to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers until 1970. After that year, however, the country lost about 40% of its water. This was partly due to policies in neighboring countries (especially Turkey) toward Iraq.

The lack of rain and other external factors, including terrorism, affect not only Iraqi rivers but also drinking water.