Association for livestock farmers in Saudi Arabia soon

Updated 29 September 2012
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Association for livestock farmers in Saudi Arabia soon

Minister of Agriculture Fahd Balghunaim said the ministry was awaiting the Council of Ministers’ approval for the inception of a professional specialist with the Saudi Association for Animal Resources.
He said his ministry encourages the establishment of civil society institutions as the ministry cannot deal with every farmer or livestock breeder individually, therefore there must be organizations that serve them and serve those interested in the field. He said the ministry’s proposal to establish the association came after it was proposed by a number of farmers and livestock traders, the discussions with whom resulted in an agreement to separate the sectors of camels and sheep (sheep include goats) within the association.
The minister was speaking at the signing of the contract to operate the Bacterial Vaccination Laboratory at the Veterinary Vaccination Center in Riyadh Tuesday.
The Ministry of Agriculture had been producing viral veterinary vaccinations for 30 years, and 9 months from now the laboratory would start producing Brucellosis, Enterotoxemia and Pasteurellosis vaccines, he said. Bacterial vaccinations are currently imported by the private sector.
“The bacterial lab will be run in cooperation with the private sector, which is a step that will help building a base for the manufacturing and production of veterinary vaccinations in the country. The vaccinations will be distributed to farmers and breeders and animal production projects free of charge.”
Private veterinary pharmacies secure livestock farmers’ requirements of vaccinations, especially the ones not produced by the agriculture ministry, however, when the new laboratory starts production, the country could possibly reach a point where it exports veterinary vaccinations according to the minister.
About 60 percent of consumed poultry in the country is imported, he said.
The minister also launched the food commodity observatory in the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He said the National Agricultural Strategy to be approved soon would concentrate on increasing the production of red meat, adding that it is (the strategy) aimed at creating stability in the prices of sheep and camels, which, as a result, would stabilize poultry prices.
The increase in poultry prices was partially due to the increased demand after red meat prices spiked, he said, adding that there was a system or mechanism that could be implemented to curb prices, and that setting price ceilings cannot be done in a free-market economy such as Saudi Arabia’s.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.