Saudi Arabia wants to Modernize Fisheries with FAO Help

Saudi Arabia has entered a $66.7 million agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) over technical assistance to 17 agro-projects in the Kingdom. Fisheries are targeted in particular.

‘The MoU will include the transfer of technology, sustainable management of natural resources including water and forests, sustainable crop production and protection, the rational management of animal and fisheries resources, animal health, capacity building and the strengthening of rural institutions.’

It aims at small-scale agricultural producers and fishermen, to help them increase and diversify food production. It ties into Saudi Arabia’s plans to move away from water intensive cereals to water saving technologies and more value added crops.