Turkey to import 20 thousand tonnes of Syrian grain

Turkish Grain Board (TMO) has announced its plans to import 20,000 tonnes of grain from Syria's Tel Aybad until the end of June, Birgün newspaper reported on Thursday.

"In 2019 alone, we imported 7.6 million tonnes of wheat. This is a record. We have not imported so much wheat in recent years. From 2002 to the end of 2019, we imported 60 million tons of wheat. And, we paid $16 billion for wheat imports in the last 17 years," Birgün quoted Özden Güngör, the president of Agriculture Engineers Chamber, as saying.

Turkey earlier imported 4,000 tons of potatoes from Syrian areas under Turkish control after a sharp rise in food prices.

Large areas of Syria are under the control of Turkey, which has launched three major military operations across the border to combat fighters from the extremist jihadist Islamic State and Syrian-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) since 2016. And, Turkey took control of Tel Abyad after its recent military operation in northern Syria in October.