Food & Agriculture

The Saudi Binladin Group and Spain's Aceites del Sur have begun operating the largest olive oil processing plant in Syria.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has agreed to provide Syria with a loan of USD17.5 million to finance a number of agricultural development projects in the Idlib governorate, in the north-western part of the country.
The Foreign Service of the US Department of Agriculture (FAS-USDA) has released its annual report on Syria's cereals sector.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will finance a USD375.000 project to improve food quality control measures in Syria.
The FAO has forecast output of wheat in 2002 to reach 4.5 million tonnes about 27 percent above the average for the previous five years.
ACSAD, the Arab Centre for the Studies of Arid zones and Dry lands, held the 23rd meeting of its Executive council in Damascus, on December 15 and 16.
Syria's state-owned General Organization for Tobacco received the ISO 9001 quality certificate.
A seminar on agricultural cooperation opportunities between Syrian and Italian companies was held in Damascus on November 5.
Syria's exports of cereals is set to total 1 million tonnes by the end of the year, according to Ismail Ismail, head of Hoboob, the state-owned establishment in charge of marketing the country's cereals production.
Syria's production of cotton is expect to reach around 820,000 tonnes this year, from 1 million tonnes last year.
Syria's exports of olives and olive oil reached SYP18 billion (USD360 million) in 2000, according to al-Thawra.
Syria's General Organisation for Food Industries (GOFI) recorded sales of SYP2.36 billion (USD 47.2 million) in the first half of the year, a ten percent increase on last year's SYP2.13 billion figure.
The state-owned General Organisation for Food Industry (GOFI) is starting the building of two new lines for the production of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beer.
The first effect of the collapse of the Zeyzoun dam have come out, with a report that the production of cotton is going to fall by a third to 723,000 tons in 2002, from 1MT last year.
The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) has extended to Syria two loans worth KWD14.5 million (USD48.3 million).


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