Food & Agriculture

An increase in planted areas combined with good rainfalls should help improve this year’s wheat and barley crops, a government official has said.
Syria’s main state entities operating in the cereals sector are set to merge into a single institution that will be headquartered in Hassakeh.
Syria’s cotton harvest has remained stable last year, although it was still only at around a tenth of the average volume in the decade preceding the uprising.
The cancellation of a management contract between a state entity and a private sector company only weeks after it was signed could be part of government pressures on the province of Suweida.
Syria has concluded a new wheat import contract increasing its stocks before the harvest season.
Syria has reportedly signed a contract to import new volumes of wheat from a Black Sea country.
Syria’s production of olive oil, a key product in large parts of the country, declined by some 20 percent last year, according to a government official.
Samer Foz has announced the set-up of a new project in the coastal area.
Syria plans to continue to buy large volumes of wheat from global markets this year, a government official has said.
The Syrian government has increased the price of certain types of bakery products, although the price of subsidized bread has remained unchanged.
Syria has issued a tender to import flour to meet local shortages.
The Syrian government has issued a new international tender to import wheat, the fifth this year.
Syria has signed a contract to buy new volumes of wheat from Russia at prices that remain well above world market levels.
A joint report by the FAO and the World Food Program (WFP) has highlighted the dramatic situation of the Syrian agricultural sector, including the worst wheat harvest in three decades, although the return of security has ensured a relative stabilization in some sub-sectors.
Syria has issued a new international tender to import wheat, the fourth since the beginning of the year.


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