This year 500,000 plants of ‘Festival’ are being grown in Iraq, and it is basically the only variety being grown there. There is a typo in the article that says it is a “California” variety. Replace that with “Florida” and it will read correctly.
Three years ago Bob Nottleman of Eckland Marketing Company visited bedraggled Iraqi strawberry fields wearing a bullet-proof vest, escorted by armed guards. Now, thanks to their efforts to introduce ‘Festival’ to that region, the industry in Iraq is now experiencing growth.
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