Food & Agriculture

Syria is negotiating with Italian traders for a barter deal to import bread-making wheat.
The National Coalition, the main opposition grouping, has received the first batch of a consignment of 50,000 tons of wheat that it will distribute in northern Syria.
The Damascus Governorate has increased the administratively set prices of a broad range of food products in restaurants and cafes across the city.
Syria has issued a tender for the import of 150,000 tons of soft wheat.
The average per capita consumption of olive oil in Syria is one of the largest in the world, according to recent data.
The performance of Syria’s tobacco industry last year remained in line with previous years.
Syria expects its production and export of olives and olive oil, a major crop in the country, to increase again this year.
The Syrian Company for Grapes Processing, a state entity producing alcoholic drinks, has reported a lacklustre sales performance in 2014.
A Russian company is starting works on a 600-ton flourmill near the town of TalKalakh.
Syria’s seed cotton crop last year remained well below its historic averages because of the ongoing war and the poor raining season.
The land area on which wheat and other cereals are grown this year in Syria is well below the target of the government, threatening a new disappointing crop.
Syria’s citrus fruits crop has increased by some 20 percent on an annual basis.
Syria has signed a contract to import 50,000 tons of flour through an Iranian company in order to meet local demand.
Sales of the General Organization of Tobacco, a state monopoly that usually generates significant revenues for the Treasury, reached SYP 25 billion in the first nine months of the year, as the company seeks to produce cigarettes under license from a Russian group.
Syria has contracted a Dutch company for the import of cows, an indication of how low Syria’s livestock levels have fallen.


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