Food & Agriculture

Syria is increasing the procurement price of wheat next season as it aims to raise output.
The government has increased by around 20 percent its procurement price for cotton.
Syria produced 1 million tons of flour in the first six months of this year, according to the General Company for Mills.
Syria’s 2012 citrus fruits crop is estimated at 1.1 million tons by the Ministry of Agriculture, in line with last year’s levels.
Nagib Assaf, one of Syria’s most prominent businessmen, died on September 8 following an illness.
The Ministry of Agriculture plans to raise the price it pays to buy cotton from its farmers to take into account rising costs.
The Ministry of Agriculture is allocating SYP 60 billion to fund this year's cereals harvest.
Three million Syrians are in need of humanitarian support because of the losses and displacements caused by the uprising gripping the country, the FAO said.
Syria’s almond crop is estimated at 220,000 tons this year by the Ministry of 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.


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