The Kurdistan Region is due to begin exporting mushrooms, another sign of a boom in domestic produce and self-reliance, according to the KRG’s agriculture ministry. According to data from the KRG Agriculture and Water Resources Ministry, there are seven advanced mushroom production projects across the Kurdistan Region, including three in Erbil, three in Sulaimani and one in Duhok, with a total daily output of 16 tons.
The ministry is attributing the spike in demand to a growing concern over healthy living. "Due to the growth of people's awareness of buying healthy and fresh food, there is increase in demand for mushrooms," Hussein Hama Karim, spokesperson of the agriculture ministry, told Rudaw.
on Monday. "This has encouraged producers to establish advanced projects. Another two projects are under construction," he said, adding the aim is to increase product to 22 tons every day in the next two years in order to export them to other parts of Iraq.
The White Mushroom Project, established two years ago near Dolabakra village in Qushtapa, Erbil has a total daily output of six tons, according to the owner.