Food & Agriculture

The Syrian Government has announced two new financial measures to support farmers coping with an increase in the cost of inputs.
Syria’s sugar beet production in 2011 is expected to fall to 1.25 million tons after the government decided to reduce the planting area.
The steep decline in Syria’s agricultural output is primarily due to the reduction in state subsidies to farmers, according to a report by the Agricultural Workers Union.
Only 5 percent of Syrian adults are regular consumers of alcoholic drinks according to a recent study by the World Health Organisation.
Syria’s production of seed cotton declined by a quarter last year, and by a half compared to two years ago, as difficult climatic conditions and infections impacted the crop, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.
The Ministry of Economic and Trade has raised the price for wheat and flour sold by state entities by around 3 percent.
Ams Ferrari, an Italian manufacturer of bottling and packaging equipment, will supply a new production line for non-alcoholic beer to Al-Chark, one of Syria’s two state-owned beer bottling plants.
Syria’s wheat crop crossed the 3 million ton mark this year according to statistics published recently by the Central Bureau of Statistics.
Al-Ghab Sugar and Deir-ez-Zor Sugar, two state-owned sugar refineries, have issued tenders for the building of water treatment stations in their plants.  
The Syrian Ministry of Agriculture and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed on November 21 an agreement for a USD 27 million loan fund a livestock development project in Syria.
The General Company for Mills, a state-owned company, is expecting its losses to reach some SYP 53 billion, or USD 1.15 billion, next year, according to its director-general, Abu Zeid Katbeh.
Syria’s cereals trade body has extended the deadline of the tender for the supply of 27,366 tons of soft wheat.
Middle East Sugar Refinery, a venture by the Akhras Group, has begun production from its plant in the Industrial City of Hessia.
Syria’s cereals trade body has issued a tender for the supply of 27,366 tons of soft wheat.
The Ministry of Economic and Trade has issued the new prices for wheat sold by the General Establishment for Cereals Trade and Processing, also known as HOBOOB, to factories and private mills.


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