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Olive Oil Industry in Iraq Begins to Ripen
Olives ripening on an olive branchVisit the Al-Zatoon Olive Association's new processing plant in Ninawa province, home of the first mechanized olive oil presser in Iraq and a model for similar demonstration projects in Kurdistan, Salah al Din and the Tal Afar district of Ninawa province. A new olive oil industry in Iraq is growing, thanks to training, equipment and technical assistance received from the USAID-Inma Agribusiness program.


Widows Use New Skills for New Life
Iraqi women feed small lambs as they learn to breed and raise sheep.Many Iraqi widows face incredible hardships, lacking the education and job skills needed to make a new life. To provide new skills and sustainable incomes to the widowed members of Zanapiq Al-Hakal Association in Ninawa, the USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program provided breeding sheep along with training in how to breed and raise them. The sheep provide a sustainable source of income to the widows and their families and hope for a brighter future.


Cross Breeding Helps Revive Iraq's Fish Industry
Iraqi fisherman harvest carp fingerlings at Euphrates Fish Farm.After years of decline, the Euphrates and Middle East Fish Farms, Iraq's largest and best designed hatcheries, were operating at less than 40% capacity due to conflict, sanctions, and production problems. In 2008, USAID's Inma Agribusiness Program began a partnership with Euphrates Fish Farm to help improve the carp fingerling production in Iraq. With support from USAID-Inma and the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture, the farm has produced over 32 million fingerlings over the past several years.


Mushroom Farm Reopens After Tragedy
Mushroom grower and advisor inspect mushrooms growing on traysOut of tragedy has come triumph for the Khirbit family and the Hameediyah Mushroom Farm. The family revived their business after receiving a grant and technical assistance from the USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program.




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