The grain is of inferior quality

TCD MS 3416 page 29

TCD MS 3416 page 29

[May 1916]

Baghdad, Mosul and a few of the larger towns, seem to take no interest in the country whatsoever. Dates, Liquorice, & grain are the chief products; the grain is of inferior quality, as the country though very fertile is never irrigated except in those localities where the Tigris overflows in the flood season during the winter and early spring. Flocks abound and a fair trade is done in wool & hides, which are shipped to Europe from Basra. Mesopotamia would rank as one of the greatest of the worlds granaries if Sir William Wilcox could bring his irrigation scheme into operation, but to do this Baghdad and the upper reaches of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers must be in British hands.