“We have declined due to low productivity and climate change. We are not able to give the olive tree the necessary care for it to flourish
Years of war and instability in Syria have crushed the country’s olive oil industry, but the renowned global export is making a comeback after enjoying a better-than-expected harvest in 2022, prompting optimistic forecasts for the new Year.
The International Olive Council (IOC) recently estimated that world olive oil production will hit a six-year low in the 2022-2023 crop year, with output expected to hit 2.73 million tons. But the council noted that Syria – alongside Israel, Jordan and the West Bank – saw a rebound in production, with yields exceeding five-year rolling averages.
While Syria’s oil production is expected to reach 125,000 tonnes this year – a massive increase from 80,000 in 2022 – it is still far from pre-war levels.
“The olive oil industry was ranked fourth in the world in terms of production in the 2011/2012 season, the production of which reached 198,000 tons,” said Abir Jawhar, head of the olive department. of the Syrian Ministry of Agriculture.
Syria’s state infrastructure is devastated by the war, which grew out of an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in 2011 and has since killed more than 350,000 people, according to the United Nations.
“Unfortunately, we have declined due to low productivity and climate change. We are not able to give the olive tree the necessary care “for it to thrive, Jawhar said. i24NEWS.
Amid a combination of civil war, sanctions that have drained the economy and climate change, the biggest challenges facing Syrian olive growers are high fertilizer prices and a lack of fuel.
“If the requirements are available and the penalties removed,” Jawhar insisted, “it would be easy to secure the necessities at reasonable prices to provide the tree with the necessary care.”
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