Central bank of Syria allows the Syrians abroad to pay for their return ticket in Syrian Pounds

DAMASCUS, (ST)- The Central Bank of Syria (CBS) has decided to allow the Syrians who are coming from abroad to Syria on board of the Syrian Airlines and holding the SOTO ticket (Sold Outside) to pay the value of their ticket in Syrian pounds.

The value of the ticket is paid in Syrian Pounds according to the official exchange rate, the CBS stressed.

The CBS’s new decision comes within the framework of the government’s measures to confront the negative impacts of coronavirus pandemic and to facilitate the return of the Syrians stranded abroad because of coronavirus crisis.

Plan To Cultivate 74.000 Hectares of Cotton for Current Season-Highest Implementation Rate In Deir Ezzor Province

The concerned authorities in the Ministries of Agriculture and Water Resources are seeking to increase the areas planted with the cotton crop- one of the most important strategic crops- through providing production requirements of fertilizers and pesticides, in addition to rehabilitating the sabotaged public irrigation networks.

The Director of Plant Production at the Ministry of Agriculture, Eng. Abdel Moein Qadamani, said that the ministry extended the financing period until the end of the current month to give cotton farmers ample time to take their full need of fertilizers, available in agricultural banks. Qadamani added, “The ministry is seeking to increase the areas planted with cotton this season, after a great decline during the past years as a result of high production costs, sabotage of irrigation canals and the shift to growing other crops.”

Syria continues to produce medical cotton despite sanctions and shortage of raw materials

The United Company for Industry & Trade has signed contracts worth 3 billion Syrian pounds  with government institutions to produce several items this year. 
 
Director-General of the company Mustafa Hlal told SANA that the items to be produced are medical cotton and fabrics and the value of sales hit SYP 423 million. 

The Cabinet: Restoring economic and developmental activity in the governorates

The Cabinet has started a review plan for economic and service projects that were approved during government visits to the governorates in addition to local projects with the aim of resuming economic and development activity in all governorates.

The Cabinet started its plan by reviewing the situation of the projects in the governorates of Damascus, Lattakia, Daraa and Tartous, and decided to restore economic and public activity in the governorates, and to complete government projects whose implementation rate had already reached ninety percent, and to also implement priority projects that were previously initiated as soon as possible.

In its weekly session on May 3, headed by the Prime MinisterEng. Imad Khamis, the Cabinet asked the heads of ministerial committees in the governorates to prepare a list of projects that must be followed up on their implementation in the context of gradually restoring economic activity.

Cultivation of 3,539 hectares of medicinal and aromatic herbs in Homs

The percentage of the implementation of the medical and aromatic cultivation plan in Homs recorded high figures, as the entire plan was implemented through the cultivation of coriander, anise and fennel crops in addition to cumin.

Eng. Tarif Mansour, Deputy Head  of Homs Agriculture Directorate , said in a statement to SANA that there is a great demand for cultivating medicinal and aromatic plants, notably in Homs Governorate, for several reasons, the most important of which is that these herbs demand less water and can rely only on rain water, as well as its profitable returns and the duration of its agricultural cycle is short and can be integrated with other crops, such as legumes,  indicating that farmers have experience in harvesting these crops in an optimal manner, taking all precautions to prevent corona virus.

Regarding the cultivated areas, Mansour said that 3539 hectares were cultivated  with rain-fed  cumin, which exceeded the plan they had put, as well as with the rain-fed coriander and irrigated fennel in addition to the cultivation of rain-fed and irrigated anise.

In turn, Mwafak Zakaria, head of the marketing office of the Federation of Homs Farmers, said that some aromatic plants have been planted in Homs throughout the ages while some have been newly introduces as a result of the increased demand from farmers during recent years, adding that  and the bulk is planted in the northern countryside of Homs  governorate. He indicated that marketing these herbs is private and the process is done through traders according to supply and demand. It mainly depends on exportation to foreign markets.

Inas Abdulkareem