Food & Agriculture
Syria’s sugar beet crop is forecast to decline by 31 percent this year compared to last.
Syria’s production of lint cotton reached 218,000 tons this season, according to the head of the Cotton Marketing Organisation, Nazir Lababidi.
The increasingly deteriorating security situation across Syria, in particular in the northern part of the country, around the cities of Aleppo, Idlib and Hama, has rendered almost impossible the distribution of barley, forcing the authorities to turn to imports.
Syria’s production of olive for the 2011/2012 season is forecast at 900 thousand tons by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Syria’s wheat crop is expected to reach 3.7 million tons according to new estimates by the Ministry of Agriculture.
The Syrian Government has resumed the export of sheep and mountain goats only six months after it imposed a ban.
Syria’s production of cereals declined 10 percent in 2011, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation, a figure that contradicts data published by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Syria’s poultry sector produced about 3.5 billion eggs and 200,000 tons of meat last year, according to a report by the Federation of Chambers of Agriculture (FCA).
Syria’s state-owned food manufacturing companies generated total sales of SYP 6.3 billion last year, according to local reports.
The suspension of production at National Sugar Company is due to a legal dispute, not the security situation in the country, minority shareholders of the company have said.
Nagib Assaf, a founding shareholder in National Sugar Company, one of two private refiners in the country, has announced the suspension of operations in the company because of the unrest gripping the country, as a local court asked for a freeze of his assets.
The Syrian Government will disburse this year some SYP 13.5 billion to support the purchase by farmers of their agricultural inputs.
The state-owned water bottling company, which has a monopoly over mineral water bottling in Syria, said it generated SYP 282 million in net profits in 2011.
Syria’s Cotton Marketing Organisation has bought a total of 638,000 tons of seed cotton from this year’s crop, according to its Director General, Nazir Lababidi.
Syria’s General Company for Mills produced 1.6 million tons of flour in the first nine months of this year and posted a trade loss of SYP 37.8 billion because of the subsidies it provides on this product.
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