Olive cultivation is one of the most important sectors in Syrian agriculture and represents about 10% of the total cultivated area and 65% from the total area cultivated with fruit trees. It is estimated that 200,000 families are dependent on olive growing for their livelihood.
There are about 79 million trees (58 million in the bearing stage and the rest are very young) covering around 544,000 ha. Olive farming is spread throughout the country regions because of its flexibility and adaptability to the edapho-climatic conditions.
Four main varietie Zaiti, Sorani, Doebli, and Khodieri locally selected varieties form about 86% of the total cultivated area.
Aleppo, Doebli, Khodieri, Kaisi, Abo satl, Mossabi, and Jlot are also found.

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