Food & Agriculture

Syria's exports of olives and olive oil reached SYP18 billion (USD360 million) in 2000, according to al-Thawra.
Syria's General Organisation for Food Industries (GOFI) recorded sales of SYP2.36 billion (USD 47.2 million) in the first half of the year, a ten percent increase on last year's SYP2.13 billion figure.
The state-owned General Organisation for Food Industry (GOFI) is starting the building of two new lines for the production of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beer.
The first effect of the collapse of the Zeyzoun dam have come out, with a report that the production of cotton is going to fall by a third to 723,000 tons in 2002, from 1MT last year.
The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) has extended to Syria two loans worth KWD14.5 million (USD48.3 million).
Syria is planning to build a USD180 million sugar refinery, one of the largest in the world.
According to Syria's minister of agriculture, the country's reserves in wheat have reached 2 years milling requirements.
Total area planted with cotton is expected to reach 108,600 hectares this year, according to al-Baath.
Lebanon and Syria are planning to establish a joint tobacco manufacturing company in the Bekaa valley, reported the Lebanese local press.
The General Organization for Food Industry (GOFI) is currently building a USD5 million pasteurized milk plant in Damascus with a capacity of 5 Tons/hr and a USD300,000 tomato packaging plant with a capacity of 1.5 Tons/hr.
Agromed, one of the leading European manufacturers of biological food and farm products is planning to set up an organic fertilizers plant in Syria.
Syria's state-run General Organization of Tobacco will be inspected by UK's Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Limited (LRQA) in order to be awarded an ISO quality certificate, senior Tobacco Corporation officials said.
The Syrian European Business centre has loaned USD130,000 to Faiha' al Sham, a private holding company in charge of marketing agricultural products.
Following the higher than expected raining level, Syria plans to increase its exports of wheat and barley.
The ministry of agriculture expects next year wheat production to reach 4.7 million tons, reported Teshreen.


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