Food & Agriculture

The government has taken measures to revive the sugar beet industry for the 2021-22 season, incentivising farmers to harvest and relaunching a state-owned sugar factory that suspended refining operations for nearly seven years.
Last year, the Syrian government’s wheat imports more than doubled while its procurements of domestic wheat dropped by 48 percent on a year-on-year basis amid severe shortages across the country. Meanwhile, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria recently announced plans to import wheat to meet local demand.
Although the security situation is the best it has been since the start of the conflict, the agricultural sector in Syria suffers from unfavourable infrastructural, economic, and climatic conditions, according to a 94-page report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation.
The Syrian government is arranging to import hundreds of cows from Iran, according to the Damascus Chamber of Agriculture. The plan further confirms shortages in the country, whose livestock sector was self-sufficient prior to the conflict.
The opposition-affiliated Syria Recovery Trust Fund has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme for the first time, announcing a joint project to support the rehabilitation of a pumping station and related channels in Raqqa.
The Kurdish-led autonomous administration of northeastern Syria has offered cotton farmers a six-fold increase in the price it is willing to pay for their crop.