Syria is negotiating an unusual deal to exchange 100,000 tonnes of hard durum wheat from Syria for 100,000 tonnes of soft bread making wheat from Italy, a source at Syria’s state grains agency said on Wednesday.
Talks continue and it is unclear when it might be finalised, said a source at the General Establishment for Cereal Processing and Trade (Hoboob).
“It looks increasingly like Syria has a distorted grain supply following disruption to its farming caused by the conflict, with too much durum and not enough bread wheat,” one European trader said. “An exchange could be a cheap method of changing this, saving foreign exchange.”
Before Syria’s four-year-old civil war took hold, the country was a large exporter of durum wheat, used for pasta-based dishes and semolina. Italy is a major durum importer.
A Syrian minister told Reuters on Feb. 22 the country did not expect to import wheat this year because domestic grain supplies would be boosted by heavy rainfall and wider control of farmland, while the country still has an Iranian credit line to import commodities if needed.
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