The UAE’s plan to phase-out water intensive production of Rhodes grass lags behind. Rhodes grass dominates field crops with 94 percent. Alfalfa, which is the dominant green fodder in Saudi Arabia contributes another 4 percent.
In Saudi Arabia alfalfa production has actually increased after farmers started to plant it as a substitute for the phase out of subsidized wheat production since 2008.
Without increased water tariffs or rationing a reduction in green fodder production is not be had.