Rules to guard against tampering of organic crops

Updated 14 December 2013
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Rules to guard against tampering of organic crops

The number of farms producing organic crops in Saudi Arabia has reached 81, while another 26 farms are registered to start organic production, said an official in the Ministry of Agriculture.
Ayman Al-Ghamdi, director general of organic farming at the ministry, said a draft regulation of organic farming in the Kingdom has been completed.
“It is aimed at protecting genuine organic products from the manipulation of some parties that try to achieve illegitimate profits,” he said, adding that the draft legislation had been submitted to the higher authorities for final approval.
He was speaking during the Saudi Food Forum in Jeddah.
Al-Ghamdi said the proposed regulation that was created in coordination with the ministries of Commerce and Industry and Municipal and Rural Affairs and the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) encompasses 16 articles including penalties concerning fake organic products.
It assigned the task to follow up on fresh organic produce to the Ministry of Agriculture while the task of monitoring manufactured, exported and imported products was assigned to the SFDA.
He estimated the volume of organic products in the Kingdom at 1 percent only.
Al-Ghamdi stressed the need to differentiate between the logo of organic products and the one for organic agricultural inputs. He said six companies, five of them foreign, carry out the testing and certification of Saudi organic products according to contracts that are renewed on an annual basis.


Sharm El-Sheikh main road named after King Salman

Updated 26 April 2019
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Sharm El-Sheikh main road named after King Salman

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt: The main road in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh has been named after King Salman, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.

Maj. Gen. Khaled Fouda, governor of South Sinai, made the announcement during a ceremony to mark the 37th anniversary of Sinai Liberation Day.

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Egypt Osama Nugali, who is also the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Arab League, participated in the event.

Nugali thanked President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi for bestowing the honor on King Salman.