Garmiyan hosts a weekly market for local food products

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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.

A group of dates is presented at the weekly market on October 20, 2021. (Photo: Harem Jaff / Kurdistan24)

Visitors to the market can buy fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the farmers who produced them.

Packaged honey is displayed at the weekly market in Garmiyan on October 20, 2021. (Photo: Harem Jaff / Kurdistan24)
Packaged honey is displayed at the weekly market in Garmiyan on October 20, 2021. (Photo: Harem Jaff / Kurdistan24)

Garmiyan has a very suitable climate for growing dates. A Kurdish farmer cultivated three different kinds of dates there, including zahidi and gwezi.

Dates, fruits and vegetables are presented to customers at the weekly market in Garmiyan on October 20, 2021. (Photo: Harem Jaff / Kurdistan24)
Dates, fruits and vegetables are presented to customers at the weekly market in Garmiyan on October 20, 2021. (Photo: Harem Jaff / Kurdistan24)

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


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