Honey, pomegranates, and olive oil

Zakho products to be exported to Qatar

ZAKHO – Zakho district in the Kurdistan Region’s Duhok province will begin exporting honey, pomegranates, and olive oil to Qatar following a new agreement between the Zakho administration and Qatari companies. The first shipment is scheduled to start early next month, with a Qatari delegation arriving in Zakho to oversee the process.

Nechirvan Hazem Ertushi, head of the Duhok Agricultural Engineers Syndicate, told 964media that the Zakho administration plans to increase the quantity and variety of exported products in the future to establish these local products in the global market.

“The products are suitable for the Qatari market in terms of both quality and price, leading to the decision to export them,” Ertushi said.

Future agreements will include training for Zakho farmers to enhance product quality and diversity.

This development follows the recent opening of the Qatar consulate in Erbil, where Prime Minister Masrour Barzani emphasized the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) commitment to strengthening relations with Qatar. “We’re also in talks regarding industry, banking, and renewables. Today, we inaugurated the Qatar General Consulate in Erbil to help bridge trade and strengthen people-to-people ties,” Barzani said in a tweet.

In November 2023, the KRG announced the arrival of the region’s first shipment of honey to Doha, involving approximately 200 beekeepers contributing two tons of honey. This initiative aims to market local products and establish new relationships with Gulf markets.