DAMASCUS, June 9 (Xinhua) -- Syrian Prime Minister Hussein Arnous on Friday said the country's wheat yield this year is expected to reach one million tons, state news agency SANA reported.
Arnous made the remarks during his visit to the central province of Hama, where an estimated 350,000 tons of wheat will be produced this year, said the report.
The prime minister noted that the wheat quality this year is good, as shown by indicators including the complete maturity of the grain and the specific weight in hard and soft varieties, which tell the plumpness of grains.
Despite hopes for a good harvest, it's still way below the pre-war average grain harvest of 4.1 million tons.
Due to the civil crisis, Syria, a country that used to be self-sufficient in wheat, now has to import wheat from abroad to meet domestic demands. ■