Food & Agriculture

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.
In Idlib and northern Aleppo, local authorities are switching the price of bread, a staple food, away from the Syrian pound in a bid to alleviate the impact of the currency’s rapid depreciation.
The Syrian Grain Establishment has cancelled two tenders for a total of 350,000 tons of soft milling wheat, an indication that it is facing payment difficulties.
The Syrian government has issued a new tender for purchasing Russian wheat, as the two countries seek to expand their ties in the grains sector.
Syria has reissued a tender for 150,000 tons of soft milling wheat, which will raise its wheat imports for this year to well above one million tons.
Syria’s wheat purchasing body has cancelled a wheat import tender as the government cited difficulties paying importers.
The Syrian government is offering five of its food production companies to private investors in a bid to shore up production and raise revenues for the treasury.


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