Food & Agriculture

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.
Syria's cotton production this year is expected to be nearly 1 million tons, an increase of 74,000 tons compared to last year, reported Zawya. Syria produced 926,000 tons last year.


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