It appears that public sector employees are obliged to pay for everything related to their living expenses in instalments, even food. The head of the Damascus Chamber of Agriculture, Omar al-Shalat, said that a 16 kilogram canister of olives cost between 23,000-26,000 Syrian pounds, and that for 20 liters of oil it was 25,000-30,000.
Shalat said that the olives were plentiful in markets but that the prices were still high and that they had only gone down a little bit and for specific types compared with last year. He said that the matter related to the fact that olive producers still suffered from a lack of labor, with wages above 600 pounds per hour, in addition to the cost of transport, which is passed on to consumers.
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