Iraq Farmers Banned From Planting Water-intensive Crops As Drought Continues. Turkey's Tigris Dam Program Blamed. Kurd Farmers Set To Ignore Prohibition.

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The government of Iraq has instructed farmers not to plant rice and other water-intensive crops such as white corn, yellow corn, sesame, sun flower, mung beans and cotton as the country's drought continues to impact river flows. "Rice and yellow corn are out of the summer agriculture plan due to lack of water.