Food & Agriculture

A new sugar refinery is expected to begin production in Syria in 2007. The new USD 70 million plant is a joint-venture between Tarif Al-Akhras a leading Homs-based businessman, Emirates investors and British firm ED&F Man.
In 2005, Syria exported more than 635 thousand tons of wheat at a total value of USD 100 million.
The project for the construction of a joint USD 150 million Syrian-Brazilian refinery should start being implemented in the beginning of next year.
Malaysia and Syria expect to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their ties in the sector of agriculture and agro industries according to the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Muhyieddin Mohammad Yassin.
Syria ranked third this season among Arab countries following Egypt and Morocco in the production of apples and citrus with expectation of 750,000 tons of citrus and 300,000 tons of apples. Syria also ranked seventh among Mediterranean countries.
Tartous is to have a new beer factory after an agreement was reached between a Syrian expatriate investor, Adel Nasser and the German Kingship Beer Company to begin construction of a USD 20 million brewing and bottling factory there.
Brazil’s Kepler Weber has announced that it had earned a USD 1.44m contract to supply soybean storage equipment to Al-Akhras Group, one of Syria’s leading commodities trader.
Syria’s production of wheat stood at 4.3 million tonnes in 2004 from 4.7m T the year before, according to the annual Grain and feed report of the Foreign Service of the US Department of Agriculture (FAS-USDA).
Syria's mineral water bottling capacity should surge to 198 million litre a year (l/y) after the launch of a new bottling plant and increased capacity at existing ones, according to Khalil Jawad, Director-General of the General Organization for Food Industry.
A Syrian expatriate, Adel Nasser is putting forward a bid to build the first private sector canned beer manufacturing and bottling plant.
Lennart Bage, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) paid earlier this month a four-day visit to Syria. Bage was in a tour to see the work-in-progress in a number of projects IFAD is part-financing in the country and to...
A change in strategy by HOBOOB is leading to a reduction in stocks and an increase in exports of wheat.
The export of cereals is leading to a loss of SYP 12 billion a year (USD 230 million) for the Syrian treasury, according to Teshreen, the state-owned daily.
Foreign and local investors are going to build and operate the first private-sector sugar refinery in Syria.
The long term aim is to reduce import of white sugar through the expansion of production capacity. Private investors have been allowed to enter the sector.


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