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.


Saudi Ministry of Hajj calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

Updated 7 min 28 sec ago
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Saudi Ministry of Hajj calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

  • The ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage
  • Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has created a new webpage for Qataris who wish to perform the pilgrimage this year.
Qatari Hajj pilgrims can register their details, browse packages and pay for them at: https://qh1440.haj.gov.sa

The ministry called on Qatar not to block the webpage as it did previously and “cooperate in order to allow their citizens to perform Hajj easily.”

Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups.

The embargo includes transport restrictions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, but the Kingdom has taken measures to ensure pilgrims from Qatar can travel freely for Hajj and Umrah.

The ministry said on Saturday it had taken several steps to ensure pilgrims could enter Saudi Arabia for for Hajj, which starts next month. But the ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage.

Following a recent meeting with a Qatari delegation to discuss the logistics of pilgrims from the country arriving in the Kingdom, the delegation from Doha left without signing any agreements to enable access for it citizens, according to the ministry.

In response to Doha’s actions, the statement said that Qatari pilgrims could complete their applications upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.