World Horti Center's international position will be further expanded over the coming period with the development of a World Horti Center in Erbil in Kurdistan. The Kurdish project developer RedYar recently signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the creation of a knowledge and innovation centre in Erbil.
The project developer has started construction of a 75 hectare food & distribution centre, a wholesale centre offering fruit and vegetables for retail and restaurants. The innovation and knowledge centre will be built on the same site as this ultramodern distribution centre in the future. The plans also allow plenty of space for greenhouse construction, so that independent food production and supply is created in Kurdistan, Iraq.
There is a need for agriculture, horticulture and livestock expertise in the reconstruction of Iraq. The inhabitants are major consumers of fruit and vegetables, and before the war Kurdistan in northern Iraq was mainly self-sufficient. Produce worth 17 billion euro a year is now being imported, of which nearly € 800 million is spent just on tomatoes for this region.