Syria 2017 wheat crop up 12 pct to 1.8 mln tonnes


Syria's 2017 wheat crop has slightly improved to 1.8 million tonnes, 12 percent higher than last year's record low, but less than half of pre-war production averages, two United Nations agencies said on Tuesday.

The Syrian agriculture ministry's wheat production forecast puts the 2017 crop higher at 2 million tonnes. Officials, traders and farmers told Reuters earlier in July that figure was grossly inflated.

Syria used to produce 4 million tonnes in a good year and was able to export 1.5 million tonnes. The fall in output has put President Bashar al-Assad's government under increasing pressure to import the grain.

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