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| 11 June, 2018

Syrian state importer seeks 200,000 tonnes of wheat in tender

The wheat can be sourced from Russia, Romania or Bulgaria and shipment and is sought between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30.

A wheat field is seen in Arbeen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta May 31, 2014.

A wheat field is seen in Arbeen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta May 31, 2014.

REUTERS/Diaa Al-Din

BEIRUT - Syria's state grain agency, the General Establishment for Cereal Processing and Trade (Hoboob), has issued a tender to purchase 200,000 tonnes of wheat, it said on Monday.

The wheat can be sourced from Russia, Romania or Bulgaria and shipment and is sought between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30. The tender allows partial shipment but not less than 100,000 tonnes, it said in a faxed statement.

The deadline for the tender is July 2, and the payment would be in Syrian pounds, it said.

A government source said last month Syria was expected to buy less than one million tonnes of local wheat from farmers in the 2018 season because of poor rainfall, a sharp drop from the 2.17 million-tonnes crop in 2017. 

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Hoboob cancelled its most recent purchase tender in February, in which it was seeking to buy 300,000 tonnes, citing high prices.

The country was once self-sufficient in wheat under a state-promoted policy, but has had drastically lower production since the start of its war seven years ago.

(Reporting by Angus McDowall; editing by Jason Neely and Adrian Croft) ((angus.mcdowall@thomsonreuters.com; Reuters Messaging: angus.mcdowall.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))