Food & Agriculture

Around 43 percent of state-owned bakeries are out of service because of the war, a government official has said.
After declining last year, Syria’s almond production, which is among the world’s five largest, is expected to pick up in 2015, according to a government official, although it will remain well below its historical averages.
Syria’s crop of pistachio, of which it is one of the leading producers in the world, is estimated to have fallen significantly last year.
Syria has issued a tender for the supply of 150,000 tons of soft wheat to be paid by an Iranian credit line.
The Syrian Government has increased by around a third, compared to last year, the price it will pay to buy the wheat crop from its farmers.
Syria is to receive an important shipment of wheat from Russia, according to a local report.
The Ministry of Agriculture has increased the price of fertilisers sold to its farmers, raising production costs.
Syria is negotiating with Italian traders for a barter deal to import bread-making wheat.
The National Coalition, the main opposition grouping, has received the first batch of a consignment of 50,000 tons of wheat that it will distribute in northern Syria.
The Damascus Governorate has increased the administratively set prices of a broad range of food products in restaurants and cafes across the city.
Syria has issued a tender for the import of 150,000 tons of soft wheat.
The average per capita consumption of olive oil in Syria is one of the largest in the world, according to recent data.
The performance of Syria’s tobacco industry last year remained in line with previous years.
Syria expects its production and export of olives and olive oil, a major crop in the country, to increase again this year.
The Syrian Company for Grapes Processing, a state entity producing alcoholic drinks, has reported a lacklustre sales performance in 2014.


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