Food & Agriculture

Syria’s fertilizers output in 2013 declined sharply following a fall in demand and signalling a potentially lower agricultural crop this year.
The volume of seed cotton purchased last year by the Syrian government from its farmers is at less than a tenth of its level of 2012, according to the state cotton entity, an indication of the steep drop in the crop.
The Syrian government is reducing customs duties on food imports as the low local production is creating shortages and raising prices.
Syria is issuing a tender for the import of food commodities and offering to pay international suppliers through an Iranian bank, Reuters has reported.
Syria’s 2012/2013 olive crop has remained stable, according to estimates from the Ministry of Agriculture.
Syria imported more than 300,000 tons of sugar in the first three quarters of the year with more to come, according to a report.
Syria’s pistachio crop is expected to reach a record level this year, according to the head of the Federation of Chambers of Agriculture.
Syria’s wheat crop is higher than it was previously estimated but it faces major distribution problems, according to an industry executive.
Nama, the only listed agro-food company, said that assets it owns located in the Hassakeh province were attacked causing damages worth dozens of millions of Syrian pounds.
Syria’s seed cotton crop is estimated to have dropped significantly while the government is unable to access much of it.
The state-owned General Fertilizers Company has stopped all production because of low demand and arrears owed by the Agricultural Bank.
The sharp decline in local output will force Syria to increase its foreign procurements of wheat, according to a government official.
The ministry of economy has banned all exports of fruits and vegetables until the end of the year in a bid to maintain regular supplies in the local market.
The Syrian government is raising dramatically the price of fertilizers sold to its farmers.
Syria and Russia have signed a contract for the construction of a new flour mill near the town of TalKalakh.


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