DAMMAM – Farmers in the Eastern Province say they have suffered considerable losses over the past season because they have not been able to employ Saudis to harvest their crops.
They pointed out that many farmers have not been able to employ the 10 percent Saudi workers required under the Nitaqat Program. The program, the government’s new Saudization drive, came into force for the agricultural sector at the end of November. The farmers said Saudis are unwilling to work on farms.
He said it was difficult to find Saudi workers willing to work for the SR600 to SR800 a month paid to expatriate workers. Saudis want at least SR2,000 a month because the work starts early in the morning and is far away from urban areas.