An Iraqi man makes local flat bread at a bakery in Baghdad January 14, 2015. Picture taken January 14, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
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As the season for wheat planting in Iraq wound down early last month, farmers in areas under the control of ISIS grew worried.Many farmers say this planting season marks an all-time low.Several told Reuters that ISIS did not help farmers plant, and did not purchase their harvest as the Syrian government used to.U.N. and Iraqi government officials do not have access to much of Iraq, and thus cannot provide an accurate forecast of the country's 2015 wheat crop. Instead, ISIS militants stole it from a government silo they had seized.Attempts by ISIS to help farmers seem to have backfired.Many farmers feel caught in a conflict that could last for years.Farmers who have managed to plant worry that ISIS will not offer them the government price come harvest time. Depending on the quality of the wheat, Baghdad normally pays farmers up to 750,000 Iraqi dinars ($650) per ton, more than double the price it pays for imported wheat.
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