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Saudi firm sets up JV for grain sales

A Saudi investment company has set up a joint venture with SAHO, a Siberian grain producer, to ship Russian wheat and barley to the Middle East and North Africa, the two companies have announced.
The deal is a rare one between Russia and Saudi Arabia, which consumes about 15 million tons of grain per year. It was agreed by Metropol, a Russian domestic investment bank, as part of a debt restructuring of SAHO. The bank has an option to buy SAHO in the future.
Russia, with abundant farmland and fresh water, is seen as a natural target for Saudi investments aimed at food security, according to Reuters.

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