Saudi agriculture fund initiatives help to mitigate virus impact

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Updated 06 June 2020

Saudi agriculture fund initiatives help to mitigate virus impact

  • This initiative focuses on importing rice, sugar, yellow corn and soybeans from abroad

RIYADH: Support packages worth around SR2.45 billion ($652 million) from the Agricultural Development Fund (ADF) have helped to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the agricultural sector as well as strengthening food security in the Kingdom. The fund has been keen to support its clients to ensure the continuation of activities.
It launched a SR2 billion food security strategy initiative to finance the import of specific agricultural products. It has also approved four contracts worth SR348 million. This initiative focuses on importing rice, sugar, yellow corn and soybeans from abroad.


Saudi education minister praises teacher continuing mission to educate while battling cancer

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Saudi education minister praises teacher continuing mission to educate while battling cancer

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education, Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh, called to give thanks to school teacher Mohammed Al-Fifi who has continued to teach his students while battling cancer in hospital.

The Saudi minister praised Al-Fifi’s efforts to educate students despite his chemotherapy treatment in hospital and wished him a speedy recovery.

The Saudi minister thanked Al-Fifi during the video call and said he was a role model for those in the field of education.

Al-Sheikh also praised other teachers in the Kingdom for their efforts, calling the foundation of society.

Al-Fifi, 37, is a third-grade Arabic language teacher at Abu Omar Al-Dany Elementary in Riyadh’s Al-Uraija Al-Gharbiyah area.

In May, doctors told him they had found cancer in his lymph nodes, and he was admitted to the hospital soon after to begin chemotherapy.

Four treatments later, he is doing well but faces a long, hard battle.