Halabja is a city in Kurdistan Region and the capital of Halabja Governorate, located in Iraq. Halabja province is one of the most famous pomegranates producers in the Middle East and the world. Now, thanks to efforts made by Kurdistan Regional Government for the agricultural sector, Halabja successfully exported its famous fruits to Britain for the first time.
Halabja traders received requests from Germany, France, and Italy to export pomegranates, after they had already succeeded in delivering the “red gold” to the United Kingdom. The pomegranates of Halabja arrived in Britain about two weeks ago.
Traders say they can export over 500 tons of autumn fruit abroad annually and that they want to make Halabja pomegranates a global brand.
Only a lack of efficient storage facilities has hampered Halabja’s growers, who have had to watch their crops spoil in recent years. Due to increased government support, the growers can now preserve their crops in special storage units before they export them or turn them into vinegar and juice.