Food & Agriculture
The Syrian Government has issued an indicative procurement price for the next wheat and barley harvest that is meant at encouraging farmers to grow these two crops.
The Syrian Government inaugurated last week a new flourmill that will reduce the country’s dependency on imports.
As expected, Russia has supplied more than 100,000 tons of wheat to Syria free-of-charge.
Cotton, long considered Syria’s “gold,” is set to witness another dreadful harvest.
The Syrian Government has finalised the import of 200,000 tons of soft wheat from a local trader although the actual level of wheat supplies in the market appear to be well below demand.
Syria’s olive oil production during the 2014/2015 declined 35 percent on an annual basis according to recent data.
The deadline for bidding for the supply of 200,000 tons of wheat to Syria has been extended.
As expected, the Syrian Government has increased the price of bread, a staple food, by almost two-thirds.
Syria has issued a tender for the import of 200,000 tons of wheat, Reuters has reported.
The Syrian Government has bought only a fraction of the wheat harvest from local farmers and will likely maintain high import levels in the coming months.
Syria’s citrus crop, which is largely grown in the coastal area, is forecast to remain stable this year.
Qatar is granting USD 15 million to the Syrian opposition to buy wheat from local farmers.
Syria’s agriculture sector has been substantially destroyed by the war, a joint report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) has found.
The Syrian Government is slowing its purchase of barley from local farmers, while at the same time importing from world markets enabling traders to make significant profits, a local publication has reported.
Around 43 percent of state-owned bakeries are out of service because of the war, a government official has said.
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