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Baghdad signs contract with UAE’s ARJ to build fertilizer plant

Baghdad signed a contract on Wednesday with UAE-based ARJ Holding LLC to build a complex fertilizer plant in the city of Baiji in the northern governorate of Salah Al-Din.

The contract was signed during a ceremony held to mark Labor Day with the participation of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, according to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The complex fertilizer plant is expected to produce 249,000 tons of complex phosphate fertilizer annually.

The project will support the agricultural sector in Iraq, meet the local need for fertilizers, and provide job opportunities.

Complex fertilizers contain two or three major plant nutrients, where two primary nutrients are in a chemical combination and are usually produced in granular form.

In March, Al-Sudani inaugurated a urea fertilizer factory and a di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) fertilizer factory in the southern Iraqi governorate of Basra.

With the inauguration of these fertilizer factories, Iraq will no longer need to import fertilizers and will save a significant amount of money that had been set aside for these needs.

The two factories are significant strategic projects that will help meet the demands of the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture, provide the necessary requirements for food security for the country, and increase the amount of land used for crop cultivation.

After entering into agreements with two international companies, the two plants that had been inactive for years were put back into operation.

The production capacity of the urea factory is 1,000 tons per day, and the DAP factory can produce 500,000 tons per year.

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