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Syrian Olive Oil Production Set for Large Increase

Aug. 22, 2019
Daniel Dawson

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Syrian olive oil pro­duc­tion is expected to reach 150,000 tons in the 2019/20 crop year, accord­ing to Mohamed Habou, the direc­tor of the Olives Office at the Syrian Ministry of Agriculture.

This rep­re­sents a 50 per­cent increase com­pared with the pre­vi­ous crop year and will be the largest pro­duc­tion total since the 2013/14 crop year.
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Syria has been involved in a bloody civil war since 2011 and was one of the main bat­tle­fronts against the so-called Islamic State from 2014 until ear­lier this year.

Habou attrib­uted the increase in pro­duc­tion to decreased fight­ing in the coun­try and the recla­ma­tion of olive groves by the gov­ern­ment, which has largely defeated the rebel forces against which it was fight­ing.

Climatic con­di­tions are also expected to be slightly bet­ter this year. High heat and humid­ity last year led to a pro­lif­er­a­tion of the olive fruit fly, which dam­aged a lot of fruit from re-estab­lished olive groves.

The Syrian gov­ern­ment is cur­rently work­ing on imple­ment­ing mea­sures to pro­mote olive cul­ti­va­tion and oil pro­duc­tion, includ­ing train­ing sem­i­nars for farm­ers and pro­duc­ers as well as invest­ments in milling tech­nol­ogy.

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