Saudi Water Study Delays Agro Reform

“The country‚Äôs national agricultural strategy will be approved once a water studies report has been completed, according to Samir Qabbani, a member of the agricultural committee at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry and an agricultural consultant.
The strategy was submitted to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for his approval. It is currently being studied by the Supreme Economic Council, according to a report published in a local newspaper on Friday.”

Meanwhile, the partial wheat phase-out has not decreased water consumption as farmers switch from wheat to even more water consuming alfalfa which is needed for the Kingdom’s expanding dairy industry.…..

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