Report due in June

Agricultural researchers study 40 lentil varieties to find optimal type for cultivation

SULAYMANIYAH — A research center in Sulaymaniyah’s Bazian district is currently evaluating 40 different varieties of lentils in an effort to select ideal types for cultivation in the Kurdistan Region.

The Bazian Agricultural Research Center will publish its findings in a report expected to be released this June.

The 40 types of lentils were provided by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) through the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture. Researchers are looking to identify the strains best-suited to the region in terms of climate adaptability, quality, and yield.

Hazhar Abdul Khaliq, the head of the Bazian center, told 964media that researchers began their study in December 2023 and have planted seeds across a 400-meter plot of land.

“Once we identify the best one, we plan to distribute it among selected farmers as a pilot program, with the hope of developing a robust lentil cultivation base in the region over the next few years,” Abdul Khaliq explained.

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