A war has been raging over a variety of foods in the region, with some accusing the region’s rulers of turning a blind eye to what is going on.
The dispute centers on wheat imports and the price of rice and other staples in a region where grain prices have soared.
Rice prices in Iraq have soared to a record high, and wheat and barley are being diverted to feed Iraq’s millions of people.
It’s been a dramatic escalation of wheat prices, with Baghdad importing a whopping 4.7 billion bushels of the staple crop this year.
Iraqi authorities have said that it would be impossible for them to feed the countrys nearly 3 million people without wheat, and it has urged its citizens to stockpile grain.
“We have been trying to make our wheat available for the Iraqi people for over a year now,” said Mohammed Al-Ameri, the head of the National Grain Authority, in an interview with The Associated Press.
Al-Averi said Iraq had imported more than 6 million bushel of wheat from the U.S. in the past year, while imports of wheat are still limited to 1.5 million per month.
This is the first time the country’s government has publicly criticized its neighbors for importing wheat, but the accusations have been circulating in the media.
Some Iraqi farmers are demanding to know why they are being blamed for the situation.
Abdul Hamid Al-Khazali, a farmer in Anbar province, said he had been importing wheat from China for about a year, but that he was told by his government that he couldn’t buy wheat from Iraq, as it was illegal in the country.
Amerli, the National Agricultural Council, said his organization had asked Baghdad for information about its wheat imports but was not given the same information.
Khazaleh, a farmers in Mosul, said that Iraq’s imports were so high that the wheat grain was not even being exported to neighboring countries, and that he had to go to China to buy wheat, which meant buying wheat from foreign companies.
At least some Iraqi farmers have called on their neighbors to take more responsibility for the crisis.
Last month, the U.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq launched airstrikes on IS-held areas in the city of Fallujah, killing scores of civilians.
That strike was the largest single military action in the Iraqi war, but it was overshadowed by the wheat and grain crisis.