Saudi Arabia achieved record indicators in food production to ensure the industry’s sustainability locally, achieve self-sufficiency in some products, and move to the stage of exporting products to foreign markets.
The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture reviewed these indicators on the sidelines of the InFlavour exhibition, the largest global event for food sustainability and official trade event for the worldwide food and beverage ecosystem.
InFlavour is taking place at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Center from Oct. 29 to 31, with more than 40,000 visitors, 400 exhibitors, 200 speakers, and 200 local and international investors representing 143 countries.
According to indicators, wheat production witnessed a 400 percent increase between 2017 and 2022, vegetables and fruits rose by 58 percent and 205 percent, respectively, fish increased by 73 percent, and dairy grew by 44.
CEO of the National Fisheries Development Program Ali al-Shaikhi told Asharq Al-Awsat that Saudi Arabia has exceeded the rate of self-sufficiency in many products, such as eggs, dairy, and others.
Shaikhi indicated that the Kingdom has moved to the stage of exporting products to foreign markets, noting that the fish and poultry sectors also witnessed rapid growth in production volume.
The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture is capable of balancing between the recent increase in population and the volume of visitors coming to Saudi Arabia by sustainably raising production.
He revealed the Ministry’s strategic objectives in the next phase by launching several initiatives to provide food products at competitive prices to the consumer.