Food & Agriculture

Syria’s wheat harvest this year will reportedly fall far short of government forecasts, endangering supplies of bread to the population and economic activity in rural areas.
A government official has said that 225,000 tons of Russian wheat had been supplied under commercial terms since February.
A Russian trading house has said that it will supply 1.2 million tons of wheat to Syria on a commercial basis starting September.
Russia is considering supplying several hundred thousand tons of wheat as humanitarian aid to Syria, its Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said last week.
The Syrian government is planning to buy only a small portion of its local wheat production, statements from officials indicate.
The Syrian government has increased the price it is paying farmers for their wheat to ensure it can procure as much of the local crop as possible but the opposition is countering with an even higher offer.
The Syrian government is increasing its control over the local wheat market in a bid to procure as much wheat as possible from the local crop.
Syria’s state-owned bakeries produce an average of 7.8 million bread loaves a day, a government official said.
The Syrian government has increased the procurement price of seed cotton to encourage farmers to grow it.
Syria’s wheat harvest could rise to above 2 million tons this year, the Minister of Agriculture has said, potentially reducing import levels.
Some USD 11 billion would be required to kickstart Syria’s agricultural production, improve livelihoods, and reduce migration and the need for humanitarian aid, a report by the FAO has found.
The government has announced a sharp increase in the price of fertilizers, a decision that is likely to hit Syria’s agricultural output.
The government is embarking on a new deal to import much needed wheat although it only has money to procure a small portion of its requirements.
Syria is the third largest per-capita consumer of table olives in the world, a recent report has found.
A fund financed by western countries is launching its second operation in the space of three months in Syria’s southern governorates to supply wheat to the population, highlighting the severe impact of last year’s poor harvest.


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