The Iraqi government, in co-operation with the US military, has awarded a contract to SkyLink Arabia to provide aerial crop spraying missions across 28,000Ha (69,000 aces) of date orchards and wheat and barley farms that have been savaged by native “crop pests”. “The purpose is to increase the protection, quantity and quality of these major crops to open up markets for Iraq to export,” says Dubai-based SkyLink Arabia, a subsidiary of the SkyLink Group of Toronto, Canada. SkyLink Arabia will use four Mil Mi-2 helicopters, the first of which has begun operations, and eight fixed-wing Antonov An-2s.

Source: Flight International