Saudi Agriculture 2018 closes with praise from participants

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Visitors at Saudi Agriculture 2018 exhibition in Riyadh
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Visitors at Saudi Agriculture 2018 exhibition in Riyadh.
Updated 14 October 2018

Saudi Agriculture 2018 closes with praise from participants

  • The event helps farmers and investors in the sector to bring new developments and technologies to the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Agriculture 2018, the international agriculture, water and agro-industry trade show, concluded with exhibitors and participants praising the success of the 37th edition in exploring emerging trends and developments.
The three-day event also offers a platform to promote the sector in line with the aims of Vision 2030 to enhance sustainable agriculture and rural-area development, and create new opportunities for employment, food security and balanced development.
“The experience at the 2018 edition was hugely successful because of the inclusion of the latest techniques in agricultural production, animal husbandry, organic farming and aquaculture,” said Mussa M. Al-Qahtani, manager of strategic planning at the Agricultural Development Fund.
He added that the event helps farmers and investors in the sector to bring new developments and technologies to the Kingdom, share experiences and obtain knowledge needed to find solutions to the problems the sector faces. In addition, the participation of government agricultural agencies helps to build partnerships and contribute to agricultural projects and the development of the agricultural sector.
Mazen O. Aljasser, the director general of marketing and communication for the Saudi Exports Development Authority, said that the organization had presented a lecture on “Opportunities in Dates Export,” highlighting the global market opportunities to encourage potential exporters and raise awareness of the importance of exports to business growth.
He described Saudi Agriculture as the largest event in the region dedicated to the sector, featuring participants from more than 33 countries. It attracts specialists in agriculture, engineers, farm owners, traders and others with interests in the sector and food security, he added.


Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

Updated 20 October 2019

Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

  • Development will protect endangered hawksbill turtle, while coral research could help save the Great Barrier Reef

RIYADH: Key ecological targets are driving Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea tourism megaproject, its leader has told Arab News.

The development will not only protect the habitat of the endangered hawksbill turtle, but could also save coral reefs that are dying elsewhere in the world, said Red Sea Development Company Chief Executive John Pagano.

The project is taking shape in a 28,000 square kilometer region of lagoons, archipelagos, canyons and volcanic geology between the small towns of Al-Wajh and Umluj on the Kingdom’s west coast.

One island, Al-Waqqadi, looked like the perfect tourism destination, but was discovered to be a breeding ground for the hawksbill. “In the end, we said we’re not going to develop it. It shows you can balance development and conservation,” Pagano said.

Scientists are also working to explain why the area’s coral reef system — fourth-largest in the world —  is thriving when others around the world are endangered.

“To the extent we solve that mystery, the ambition would be to export that to the rest of the world,” Pagano said. “Can we help save the Great Barrier Reef or the Caribbean coral that has been severely damaged?”

 

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