Kingdom to produce 30,000 tons of algae

Updated 13 November 2013

Kingdom to produce 30,000 tons of algae

Saudi Arabia will be one of the few algae producing countries around the world, with production capacity expected to reach 30,000 tons by 2014, said Jaber Al-Shehri, undersecretary of research and agricultural development at the Ministry of Agriculture.
A promising project to transplant algae in Saudi Arabia aims to secure part of the local and global food requirements for future generations, said Al-Shahri this week.
Marine algae are a new source of fuel and food for mankind and animals, in addition to its contribution to the production of medicines and vaccines.
“The plan is to produce 30,000 tons of algae. The initiative already began this year and will continue until 2029,” said Al-Shahri. “The National Prawn Company started producing small quantities for experimental purposes and quality assurance.”
Ahmad Al-Ballaa, CEO of the National Prawn Company, said costs of the project might reach SR100 billion. “The costs of the research and development phase are SR25 million, and the actual production will commence by 2014,” he added.
He pointed out that the first shipment of the production is designated to German company BASF, which will be during the third quarter of the coming year.
“Several projects for aquaculture in Saudi Arabia and other regions around the world have been adopted to produce fish and sea cucumber,” said Al-Ballaa.
“After the initial stage of research and development we came up with practical and effective solutions for the cultivation of new varieties of algae, which are expected to have a role in bridging the gap in global food security.”
He said the project would be established on the Red Sea coast to the west of the Kingdom. He explained that algae are a significant component of fish and animal feed. They are also a food- supplement and constitute other forms of food for humans, in addition to their use in cosmetics.
“The project of transplanting algae is a part of a whole integrated seafood basket that the company has been working on for years now. The infrastructure of the project includes residential units, a power station and administrative buildings. The project is expected to employ more than 2,800 people, among which are 400 Saudi men and women.


Saudi justice minister appoints first woman to senior position at alimony fund

Saudi Justice Ministry. (SPA)
Updated 19 min 19 sec ago

Saudi justice minister appoints first woman to senior position at alimony fund

  • More women are also working in the ministry’s digital transformation project, and in related fields such as computer science, software engineering and information systems

JEDDAH: The minister of justice and president of the Supreme Judicial Council, Walid bin Mohammed Al-Samaani, has ordered the appointment of Shorooq bint Mohammed Al-Jadaan as deputy director-general for alimony affairs. She is the first woman to assume a leading position at the alimony fund.
The fund aims to ensure alimony is paid to beneficiaries as quickly as possible, and help achieve a financial balance for families, in fulfillment of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.
“This appointment is not surprising from a ministry and a country that has taken upon itself to ensure equity and empowerment for women in all governmental and private sectors,” said Saudi lawyer Nujood Qasim.
Such decisions strongly support efforts to raise the level of participation by women in the workforce, one of the goals of Vision 2030, by providing a wider range of career options and encouraging them to play a bigger role in the development of the country, Qasim added.
The second phase of the alimony fund was launched in November 2019. It has achieved a number of successes since its inception, in particular improving the speed of responses to requests and communication with applicants and beneficiaries through its online platform.
It has also reduced the time taken from final approval of applications to the payment of alimony, which can now be done in a matter of hours.
The Ministry of Justice has implemented a number of initiatives in the past few years to increase the number of female employees and improve their representation in promoted positions. In late 2017, it started to provide special sections for women in courts around the country and appoint female notaries. Previously it was rare for women to work in courts.
Women can now work as social researchers and administrative assistants. More women are also working in the ministry’s digital transformation project, and in related fields such as computer science, software engineering and information systems.
In addition, there has been a huge increase in the number of registered female lawyers, from only 10 in 2013 to 487 by November last year.