Netherlands and Iraqi Kurdistan Sign Sustainable Development MoU

Kurdistan region and the Netherlands in July 25th, 2021 have signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) which aims to contribute to creating and implementing an overarching strategy for sustainable economic development of the agricultural sector in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, by providing advice on agricultural development.

The agreement was signed by Dutch Consul-General in Erbil Hans Akerboom and Kurdistan Region Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources Begard Talabani.

The agreement includes forming a joint advisory committee to give advice on agricultural policies and their implementation in order to boost the agro & food sector in Kurdistan region. For this reason, the Netherlands government assigned three Dutch experts for a period of 12 months to join the Joint Advisory committee to provide support and advice to their counterparts.

“You are blessed with a green and very fertile country, but when I go to any supermarket here in the Kurdistan Region, I only find imported products, That’s why the Netherlands as the experts in the field of agriculture, are supporting the ministry of agriculture and supporting the Kurdistan Region, to explore and to expand to develop the agricultural sector” Dutch Consul-General Hans Akerboom said at the press conference.

That’s why we just signed this MoU to have fresher, cheaper, and better vegetables here in the Kurdistan Region, grown by your own farmers,” Hans Akerboom.

“This MoU is one of the most important MoU’s, that puts a great responsibility on the Kurdistan region, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, and at the same time the Netherlands consulate to be able to cooperate in developing the agricultural sector in the Kurdistan Region,” Begard Talabani said in a press conference.