Food & Agriculture

Turkey has agreed to transport hundreds of tons of wheat stored in silos in a front line area in Raqqa province to the Syrian government in a deal mediated by Moscow to help ease the ongoing crisis around the key commodity, according to Russian media.
The Syrian government said it expects to receive 13,000 tons of tobacco for the 2020 season, which would mark an increase over the 11,250 tons produced in 2019.
A new factory to produce vegetable oil and soap has been set up in Hassakeh province under the control of Kurdish-dominated authorities, according to local media reports, some of which have linked the project to a war profiteer who has grown increasingly prominent throughout the conflict.
Syria’s wheat imports dropped significantly last year, falling by 44 percent, according to the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Protection’s annual report.
The two state-owned Syrian companies producing alcoholic drinks reported a surge in volume sales and in revenues last year after an increase in prices failed to dampen demand.
The French subsidiary of Synutra International, a Chinese infant formula manufacturer, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Syria’s Bakkour Company for Food Production to provide advisory and other services for a new factory in the Hama province.
Syria’s production of cereals, including wheat, grew markedly this year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation.
The Syrian government has contracted a Lebanese company to supply 150,000 tons of wheat after a number of Russian companies pulled out of import contracts, a government official said. The price was set at USD 285 per ton.
The Syrian government doubled the price of subsidised bread last week after failing to secure enough wheat to meet demand, greatly increasing the risk of food shortages as the winter season approaches. The hike comes shortly after similar price hikes for oil products, leaving many Syrians less and less able to secure their daily needs.
The government has nearly doubled the price it pays to cotton growers to compensate for rising expenses and to encourage them to sell their production to the state-owned ginning organisation.
Syria's citrus fruit production, which represents an important source of economic activity and employment in the coastal area, is set to decline to its lowest level in at least five years.
The Syrian Grain Establishment (SGE) is inviting traders to bid to supply 400,000 tons of soft milling wheat, including, for the first time in months, wheat procured from the European Union.
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.


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