Food & Agriculture

The Syrian Grain Establishment (SGE) has invited grain traders to bid for the supply of 200,000 tons of soft milling wheat sourced from Russia.
The collapse of the Syrian pound has hiked the price of key fodder inputs, which are already facing shortages. Eventually, this will have an impact on the cost of food.
Competition for the purchase of the wheat crop is growing in Syria, with the rapid depreciation of the national currency forcing all actors to revise their prices and budgets.
Competition to buy wheat from local farmers between the Kurdish-controlled administration of northeast Syria and the central government has accelerated, with the latter almost doubling its procurement price.
Syria is seeking to boost its yeast production capacity, much of which was destroyed during the conflict, with a new tender for the construction of a 50 tons/day plant in Aleppo.
The Syrian government has announced that it will allocate the equivalent of 11 percent of its budget to purchase the local wheat harvest.
For the second time in just a month, a drug shipment originating from Syria and packaged under the name of a well-known local brand has been seized, this time in Saudi Arabia.
After increasing the price of fertilisers in early March, the government reduced them this week, creating confusion around its strategy.
As in previous years, the administration of northeast Syria is preparing to compete with the government to buy wheat harvested by local farmers.
Syria’s production and export of olive oil—of which the country is among the largest producers in the world—are set to increase slightly this year, despite the recent battles in the Idlib area.
The Syrian government’s difficulties importing wheat will be compounded this year by the limited quantities it will be able to buy from local farmers.
Syria’s Grain Establishment is calling on traders to bid for new supplies of wheat outside of the tender process as it seeks to sign its first purchase contracts since the beginning of the year.
The government’s decision to increase the price of fertilisers will impact the agricultural sector, which is already facing various other challenges.
The Syrian government issued a new tender last week to import wheat but has failed to complete purchases from previous bidding offers, indicating that it is still struggling to finance its import needs.
The Syrian Grain Establishment has issued a new tender for the import of wheat, following the cancellation of two previous tenders.