Date palm decline: Iraq looks to rebuild

Agence France-Presse: Iraqi officials are pushing re-planting programmes for the country's date palms, which are famed across the Middle East as the region's best but have suffered terrible losses in past decades. The trees were celebrated during Babylonian times for their strength and majesty, but more than three decades of conflict, sanctions and mismanagement have seen their numbers dramatically fall. "In ancient times, people were heavily dependent on this tree," from which they derived not only food, but wood......

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