Iraq’s water shortage means a suspension of crop cultivation

The agricultural minister said that Iraq had to suspend the cultivation of crops which require large amounts of water such as rice, corn and wheat grains during the drought. Spokesman Hamid Al-Nayef said “The agricultural plan for the summer” was modified “because the quantities of water needed for these cereals

EU settles dispute over major weedkiller glyphosate

EU countries have voted to renew the licence of glyphosate, a widely used weedkiller at the centre of environmental concerns. The proposal at the EU Commission's Appeal Committee got 18 votes in favour and nine against, with one abstention, ending months of deadlock. The Commission says the new five-year licence will be