ERBIL — The Iraqi government has reached an agreement with the United States to buy over 1 million tonnes of rice yearly to support its rationing program, Baghdad said on Saturday.
Iraq’s food rationing programme was first introduced in 1991 to combat the economic sanctions the United States had then imposed on the country in the aftermath of the Gulf War.
Iraq needs around 1-1.25 million tonnes of rice a year to support the programme, according to the government in Baghdad.
In May, the ministry said Iraq had only 190,000 tonnes of rice available in its coffers and renewed its pleas for a greater allocation of funds from the state budget, Reuters said.
Baghdad is also preparing an agreement for the next week to buy sugar and vegetable oil from the US companies.