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28 March 2014
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Syrian Arab Republic: Concern over drought conditions
 Prospects for the winter wheat and barley crops, for harvest from May 2014, are unfavourable. The persistent civil insecurity and conflict continue to hamper agricultural production, as access to farmlands becomes difficult. Shortages of fuel to operate irrigation pumps and other equipment have compounded the problem.

 Furthermore, additional concerns are growing with drought conditions detected in main cropping areas of the country. Remotely-sensed data and information reveal that vast areas in the northwest have received well below average rainfall in the last few months. Large swaths of cropping areas in Aleppo, Hama, Idleb, Homs and Dar’a governorates may have been affected by drought in some areas. Close monitoring of these developments is warranted.

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