Spanish and Italian firms to control quality of Syrian citrus

The Syrian Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Ahmed Al-Qadri, has announced that two Spanish and Italian companies will be granting certificates of accreditation (which is an international quality certificate) in order to facilitate the shipment of agricultural products to foreign markets.

Al-Qadri said that the reality of sorting and packaging plants is also currently being looked into together with the Local Production and Export Support and Development Authority to ensure that they meet the necessary requirements.

The Export Authority has chosen citrus fruits for the application of the certificate of reliability, and this will later be extended to apples and then gradually to all agricultural products, according to a recent statement by the Director of the Export Support Authority, Ibrahim Medah.

The marketing plan of the Authority for the export of citrus and agricultural products includes the application of a three-phase reliability system, focused namely on farm and field, sorting and packaging centers, and exporting companies.

A few days ago, the director of the citrus office at the Ministry of Agriculture, Suhail Hamdan, revealed that two Italian and Spanish companies have opened their main office in Damascus in order to grant the certificate of accreditation, and that they are working to establish other offices in Lattakia and Tartous.

Hamdan told SANA that about 250 farms were selected out of the more than 1,500 applicants that met the required conditions for accreditation (300 farms in Tartous and 1,200 in Lattakia).

Syrian crops are facing difficulties in the field of exports, and this is taking a toll on the orange production in the Syrian coast; however, the director of the citrus office at the Ministry of Agriculture believes that checking the products' reliability should have a positive impact.



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