Syrian Public Establishment For Grain Opens A Mill And Two Bakeries In Aleppo Countryside
The Syrian Public Establishment for Grain in Aleppo countryside has launched three new production projects, namely the opening of a mill and two bakeries as part of its continuous activity in the region.
The head of the Establishment’s branch in Aleppo, Irfan Dadikhi, said that work on the three projects started in mid-June, to establish a second mill in the town of Bza’aeast of Aleppo, with a production capacity of 45 tons per day.
Dadikhi added in an interview with Enab Baladi, that the new mill’s construction will be completed within a month, and it is expected to start operating in early 2020.
In early September, the Establishment started the construction of a new bakery in the town of Bza’a along with the new mill. Dadikhi expected the bakery to be completed within six months, after which the necessary production equipment would be installed.
Concerning the third project, the Public Establishment started the construction of a new bakery in the city of Akhtarin in the northern countryside of Aleppo, with a production capacity of ten tons per day, after the Public Establishment received silos center located in the city from the local council, to start this project in early September.
Dadikhi added that the expected contract period for the implementation of the bakery project in Akhtarin is six months, after which the bakery equipment will be installed. By that time, the foundation would have completed the establishment of two new bakeries and a mill in the cities of Aleppo countryside.
The Public Establishment is scheduled to receive a new location in the upcoming days in order to establish a new bakery in the town of Ghandoura in the eastern countryside of Aleppo to be added to the ongoing Turkish-support projects in the opposition-held region.
This comes after a series of projects that the Establishment offered during the past months, in line with the development of services in the countryside of Aleppo with the support of the Syrian interim government.
The opposition-controlled northern countryside of Aleppo includes three mills that the Public Establishment for Grain opened in the past.
These mills are located in the city of Atarib with a production capacity of 45 tons, in Azaz, with a capacity of 45 tons, and finally in Ayn al-Bayda, which opened on July 17, with a capacity of 45 tons, in addition to two mobile mills in the towns of Qabas in and Ghandoura in Aleppo countryside, which are not currently working and are only used in case of emergency.
The Public Establishment for Grain includes three companies: Public Company for Storage and Marketing, Public Company for Mills, and Public Company for Bakeries. Four grain centers are affiliated to the Establishment. They are distributed in Azaz, Ayn al-Bayda and Atarib, in addition to a plan to open other centers next season in each of Akhtarin, Afrin and Marea.
The Public Establishment for Grain of the Syrian Interim Government, based in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, was opened in May 2014. The Aleppo branch was established at the time, along with its three branches in the governorates of Daraa, Homs and Idlib.
As far as fund-raising is concerned, the Establishment relies on the International Fund for the Reconstruction of Syria, which provides material in kind, including wheat, burlap sacks, mills, bakeries, laboratory equipment, chargers and other materials related to the work of the Establishment.