Food & Agriculture
Syria is planning to import up to four million tons of wheat, an industry official has said, indicating that the government is not expecting to recover control of its wheat growing areas in the near future.
The Syrian government has increased the procurement price for next year’s wheat and barley crops in a bid to entice farmers to grow them.
Syria’s sugar import bill will run in the hundreds of millions of dollars next year again, according to a government entity.
Syria’s wheat production this year was the lowest in the past ten years, according to a joint report released last week by the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Food Programme.
The Syrian government has issued a new tender to import raw sugar.
Syria’s seed cotton harvest is set to remain at a record low level for the second year in a row.
Across opposition-held areas, the supply of wheat and bread appears to be a key priority for local institutions often supported by international donors.
Syrian opposition groups are preparing for the next agricultural growing season in areas that have been freed from the control of ISIS in northern Aleppo.
An important government delegation has visited citrus fruits growers, who are mostly based in the coastal area, a regime support base, as the sector suffers from poor marketing and limited exports.
Syria has finally concluded a deal to buy wheat from Russia albeit at a significantly discounted price.
The Syrian government may, after all, not be able to pay for the one million tons of wheat it has tendered to buy from Russia.
The Syrian government is expected to announce in the next few days the name of the Russian company that will be contracted for the supply of one million tons of soft wheat.
Although estimates of Syria’s wheat crop vary they all confirm a further decline in output.
Damascus and Moscow have reportedly reached a deal on the supply of Russian wheat on preferential terms.
Lebanon has lifted the ban, imposed only three months ago, on the import of fruits and vegetables from Syria.
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