Printer Friendly

Increasing Wheat Planted Areas, Improving Crop Productivity, Cabinet Priority.

DAMASCUS, (SANA) -- Wheat is the most important food grain grown in Syria, being a strategic crop.

Starting from the fact that food security is part and parcel of national security, Syria follows self-sufficiency policy, as it has been able to secure wheat throughout the past two decades and could import it since 1994.

In light of the importance of the crop, Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform set a fixed date for wheat in November of every year to work on increasing and improving the productivity of the yield.

The concept of food security was strongly highlighted in the annual conference for purchasing and manufacturing grains which has been recently held under the title of "achieving food security is a main priority to achieve national security".

The conference aimed at increasing planted areas, combating obstacles, developing new types of drought-resistant wheat grains and using modern ways of irrigation to increase the productivity of the strategic crop.

Head of modern irrigation project at the Ministry, Ahmad al-Qadiri, said that the modern irrigation could save 30-50 % of water roughly if compared to the traditional method of irrigation.

There are about 20 types of wheat including hard and soft grains, as Syria is famous for the world-most preferred type which is hard grain, according to Head of Planning and International Cooperation at the Ministry, Hassan Qatna.

"Three new types will be introduced in the framework of developing wheat productivity in the country," Qatna said.

The Ministry has allowed formers to broaden the patch of wheat planted areas at the expense of the rest of winter and summer crops, in addition to allowing the investment of reclaimed lands that have not been distributed yet.

The government encourages planting wheat through buying yield from peasants with subsidized prices.

As a step forwards, the Ministry has increased the price of wheat one SYP for a kilo.

R.

Milhem / Ghossoun

International Copyright 2006-2011, SANA

Provided by Syndigate.info an Albawaba.com company
COPYRIGHT 2011 Al Bawaba (Middle East) Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2011 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA)
Article Type:Conference notes
Geographic Code:7SYRI
Date:May 23, 2011
Words:325
Previous Article:IDB Marked, Syria Works to Restore Balance to Environment.
Next Article:Health Minister, UNDP Resident Coordinator Discuss Boosting Cooperation.
Topics:

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |