ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Farmers displayed their products, including honey and dates, at a weekly market in Garmiyan, in the eastern Kurdistan region.
Organizers of the weekly market expect it to continue and expand in the coming weeks.
Visitors to the market can buy fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the farmers who produced them.
Garmiyan has a very suitable climate for growing dates. A Kurdish farmer cultivated three different kinds of dates there, including zahidi and gwezi.
Honey, a popular food, is also available in the market. As it is produced naturally, without additives, honey is considerably expensive. A 150-gram jar, for example, costs 40,000 Iraqi dinars (nearly $ 28), according to a Kurdish farmer.
Halabja recently held their pomegranate festival, during which different types of fruits were presented. The event was attended by thousands of visitors from all over the Kurdistan region.
The farmers at this fair attributed the decline in the quality and quantity of the fruit to the lack of rain over the past year.
Drought was cited by many farmers as a new challenge they are facing.
Read more: PHOTOS: Despite drought-stricken orchards, Halabja starts pomegranate fair
Additional reports conducted by Harem Jaff