Food & Agriculture

The Syrian government has increased the procurement price of seed cotton to encourage farmers to grow it.
Syria’s wheat harvest could rise to above 2 million tons this year, the Minister of Agriculture has said, potentially reducing import levels.
Some USD 11 billion would be required to kickstart Syria’s agricultural production, improve livelihoods, and reduce migration and the need for humanitarian aid, a report by the FAO has found.
The government has announced a sharp increase in the price of fertilizers, a decision that is likely to hit Syria’s agricultural output.
The government is embarking on a new deal to import much needed wheat although it only has money to procure a small portion of its requirements.
Syria is the third largest per-capita consumer of table olives in the world, a recent report has found.
A fund financed by western countries is launching its second operation in the space of three months in Syria’s southern governorates to supply wheat to the population, highlighting the severe impact of last year’s poor harvest.
Syria’s one-million-ton wheat import deal from Russia, which was contracted to a little-known company, is now reportedly in jeopardy, highlighting the disruptive role regime cronies play in all sectors of the economy.
The government has issued a tender for the urgent supply of fertilizers for its winter crops.
The Syrian government has increased by up to 260 percent the price at which it buys tobacco from its farmers, most of whom are based in the coastal area, which is largely supportive of the regime.
Syria is planning to import up to four million tons of wheat, an industry official has said, indicating that the government is not expecting to recover control of its wheat growing areas in the near future.
Moscow has confirmed that it would send 100 thousand tons of wheat to government-held parts of Syria as humanitarian aid.
The Syrian government has increased the procurement price for next year’s wheat and barley crops in a bid to entice farmers to grow them.
Syria’s sugar import bill will run in the hundreds of millions of dollars next year again, according to a government entity.
Syria’s wheat production this year was the lowest in the past ten years, according to a joint report released last week by the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Food Programme.


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