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Regional Updates MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA  Iraq has devalued its currency by 20 percent, scrapping their old “official” exchange rate. Iraq’s financial situation has become very difficult due to the drop in prices for crude oil and oil products. Iraq does import most of its food needs, including grains, and the devaluation is expected to push prices higher as imports become more costly. The government is the largest employer in the country but recently, due to low oil prices for exports, has had to borrow to pay employee salaries. One can probably surmise that, at least in the short term, the grain business to Iraq will be very difficult.  Iraq is reported to be importing the 700,000 MT of feed b...

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