Food & Agriculture

A Lebanese company owned by Samer Foz has been one of the main beneficiaries of the Syrian government’s wheat import contracts in past years and at prices well above market rates.
A Russian company is negotiating with the Syrian government to rehabilitate two grain silos in the ports of Lattakia and Tartous, potentially enabling a strengthening of Russia’s hold on Syria’s wheat supply chain.
Syria’s wheat harvest this year is expected to be well above previous years as the government and the northeast administration are competing to buy the Hassakeh crop from farmers.
An increase in planted areas combined with good rainfalls should help improve this year’s wheat and barley crops, a government official has said.
Syria’s main state entities operating in the cereals sector are set to merge into a single institution that will be headquartered in Hassakeh.
Syria’s cotton harvest has remained stable last year, although it was still only at around a tenth of the average volume in the decade preceding the uprising.
The cancellation of a management contract between a state entity and a private sector company only weeks after it was signed could be part of government pressures on the province of Suweida.
Syria has concluded a new wheat import contract increasing its stocks before the harvest season.
Syria has reportedly signed a contract to import new volumes of wheat from a Black Sea country.
Syria’s production of olive oil, a key product in large parts of the country, declined by some 20 percent last year, according to a government official.
Samer Foz has announced the set-up of a new project in the coastal area.
Syria plans to continue to buy large volumes of wheat from global markets this year, a government official has said.
The Syrian government has increased the price of certain types of bakery products, although the price of subsidized bread has remained unchanged.
Syria has issued a tender to import flour to meet local shortages.
The Syrian government has issued a new international tender to import wheat, the fifth this year.


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