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Jordan has exported 3,200 tonnes of fruit since the reopening of Iraq border

Jordan has exported more than 3,200 tonnes of fruits to Iraq since the border between the two countries reopened last month, a government official said on Tuesday.

Fruits, mainly peaches, are currently the main agricultural produce exported to Iraq, and the country is scheduled to receive winter produce as soon as the cold weather starts, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

“A total of 113 refrigerated trucks carried 3,200 tonnes of fruits to the Iraqi market over the past week, as exporting to Iraq officially restarted,” Ministry of Agriculture Spokesperson Nimer Haddadin told The Jordan Times.

Jordan and Iraq reopened the Karameh-Turaibil border crossing earlier this month after it was closed since the summer of 2015 for security reasons.

Before the border closure, a total of 100 refrigerated trucks carrying 2,000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables were travelling daily to the neighbouring country, according to agriculture sector representatives. They also stated that the border closure resulted in a drop of fruit and vegetable exports by 70 per cent.

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