Food & Agriculture

The first effect of the collapse of the Zeyzoun dam have come out, with a report that the production of cotton is going to fall by a third to 723,000 tons in 2002, from 1MT last year.
The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) has extended to Syria two loans worth KWD14.5 million (USD48.3 million).
Syria is planning to build a USD180 million sugar refinery, one of the largest in the world.
According to Syria's minister of agriculture, the country's reserves in wheat have reached 2 years milling requirements.
Total area planted with cotton is expected to reach 108,600 hectares this year, according to al-Baath.
Lebanon and Syria are planning to establish a joint tobacco manufacturing company in the Bekaa valley, reported the Lebanese local press.
The General Organization for Food Industry (GOFI) is currently building a USD5 million pasteurized milk plant in Damascus with a capacity of 5 Tons/hr and a USD300,000 tomato packaging plant with a capacity of 1.5 Tons/hr.
Agromed, one of the leading European manufacturers of biological food and farm products is planning to set up an organic fertilizers plant in Syria.
Syria's state-run General Organization of Tobacco will be inspected by UK's Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Limited (LRQA) in order to be awarded an ISO quality certificate, senior Tobacco Corporation officials said.
The Syrian European Business centre has loaned USD130,000 to Faiha' al Sham, a private holding company in charge of marketing agricultural products.
Following the higher than expected raining level, Syria plans to increase its exports of wheat and barley.
The ministry of agriculture expects next year wheat production to reach 4.7 million tons, reported Teshreen.
An official from the General Organisation for Chemicals and Food Stuffs (GEZA) said on Wednesday that Syria is expected to import at least 130,000 tonnes of sugar in 2002, reported Zawya.
According to Moufid Khaizaran, head of the olive bureau, Syria's production of olive is set to reach 514,000T in 2001, said Al Baath. This production is to lead to the extraction of around 100,000T of olive oil.
The state tobacco organism expects total exports to reach US$2 million by the end of 2001, said Al Mustaqbal.


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