ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Thursday laid the foundation stone of a potato production factory in Duhok province, where he stated that his cabinet is working towards food security and better economy.
"This is a great support for our people to rely on themselves, so that we will no longer have to import products from other countries," Barzani said in his speech at the ceremony, according to a statement by his office.
The factory is believed to provide around 500 jobs and make use of local potato product.
"Today’s $10m food manufacturing plant in Duhok in partnership with @nlinkri will see to:
— Invest in local farmers
— Create hundreds of jobs
— Strengthen food security," the premier wrote on Twitter following the ceremony.
Around 500 factory jobs will be offered as part of the project being carried out by the Like Nest Company, with the help of Kurdish and Dutch investors.
The factory is expected to initially receive 45,000 tons of potatoes from farmers as well as 100,000 tons annually following its completion.
"We want Kurdistan to be known for the quality of its products," Barzani said, noting that the government prefers the use of local products.
He further thanked the government of the Netherlands for their investment and cooperation in the agriculture sector of Kurdistan Region.