Pomegranate and Fall Festival commences in Halabja

A man puts his pomegranate crops in order after Halabja Fall and Pomegranate Festival started to display local crops and business in Halabja governorate, Kurdistan Region, Iraq on October 29, 2020. (Photo Credit: Wrya Karim/ NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — The Halabja Fall and Pomegranate Festival kicked off Thursday (October 29) in Halabja governorate with the participation of a slew of farmers, traders and craftspeople.

The three-day festival is held jointly by the Halabja Agriculture Directorate and Organizations Network, with the participation of local farmers in the governorate, festival participant Qani Hussein who told NRT Digital Media.

“The purpose of the festival is to introduce local produce, especially pomegranates, which Halabja is famous for, along with showcasing other types of products,” Hussein said.

“Halabja’s pomegranates have been featured in several international festivals and have always won first-place prizes for their [outstanding] color, taste, and smell,” he said, stating that organizers want consumers to buy produce directly from the farmers at the festival.

A range of Kurdish dishes was also available for festival goers to enjoy.

Pomegranate trees cover approximately 2,100 acres in Halabja governorate, which produce 25,000-30,000 tons annually, Hussein added.

The festival is being held for the sixth year in a row in Halabja to encourage local production and business.

(NRT Digital Media)