The Kurdistan Region's Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources has signed a memorandum with the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) to enhance agriculture relations and to undertake research into crop, environment, food and animal production.
Media official in the ministry Majed Nourdin said: "A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Kurdistan Regional Government's Minister of Agriculture Sirwan Baban and AFBI chief executive professor Seamus Kennedy in Belfast in Northern Ireland.
"The AFBI will support the Ministry of Agriculture in undertaking science research in agriculture, animal resource, food, economy and environment for some years.
AFBI, formerly the Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, was established in 1927 with the aim of undertaking research into crop and animal production.
During his visit the minister also reached an agreement with the Irish Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to assist Kurdistan's Ministry of Agriculture to solve the lack of water in the region.