FAO Food Price Index Edges Higher in February

 Rome-The FAO Food Price Index rose slightly in February, marking its seventh consecutive monthly rise, led by increasing wheat and maize prices.

 The FAO Food Price Index averaged 175.5 points in February, its highest value in almost two years, marking a 0.5 percent increase from its revised January value and 17.2 percent above its February 2016 level.

 The FAO Cereal Price Index rose 2.5 percent from January, led by increasing prices for wheat, even as maize and rice prices also posted modest increases.

 FAO's Food Price Index is a trade-weighted index tracking international market prices of five major food commodity groups. Increases were reported for four of the five sub-indices in February.

Some 200 Syrian Companies to Take Part in Syria Mod Exhibition

Damascus,(ST) - Under the patronage of the Prime Minister, Eng. Emad Khamis, the Syria Mod exhibition will be held with the participation of some 200 Syrian companies on March 26 and 28 at Dama Rose Hotel in Damascus.

In a statement to local press, Eng. Khamis pointed out that "the country has  begun to take the course of recovery and harvesting fruits will not be far away."

Eng, Khamis clarified the recovery of exhibitions industry including “Syria Mod” and Khan al Harir Exhibition and the reopening of the Damascus International Fair this summer after a five-year stop is a direct indication of the success of the government's policy of leading the production process correctly by supporting production stages, ensuring sufficient flexibility to respond to the repercussions and effects of the crisis and launching reconstruction which means the ability to deal with the requirements of reconstruction in a balanced manner.

Investment Cooperation with Iranian Delegation Discussed

 Damascus, (ST) -  Minister of Public Works and Housing Hussein Arnous discussed with an Iranian delegation, currently visiting Syria, areas of cooperation and investment in construction, infrastructure, housing and real estate development. The delegation represents the Iranian industrial group Yazd and Tradis.

 Head of the delegation and Eng. Abdul Karim Obaidi, expressed the desire of his group, working in the fields of construction and heavy industries, to establish a company working in the field of real estate development in order to work and investment in Syria.

Industry Minister Discusses Industrial Cooperation with South Africa

Damascus, (ST) - Minister of Industry Ahmed Al-Hamo discussed on Thursday with the Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa in Damascus, Shaun Byneveldt the areas of industrial cooperation between the two countries and the possibility of benefiting from the technologies and industrial expertise in South Africa to develop the capabilities of industrial companies in Syria.

To Mark World Water Day, FAO Urges Safe Use of Wastewater, Especially in Agriculture

 Rome - FAO yesterday marked World Water Day by highlighting the opportunity that treated wastewater represents for agriculture, and improved food security and nutrition.

Globally, most wastewater is released into the environment without being treated. As a result, in many regions of the world, contaminated water is discharged into rivers and lakes and ends up in oceans. But treated and reused wastewater can be a cost-effective and sustainable solution to water scarcity.