Agricultural output in the Saudi Kingdom reached 35.8 billion Saudi riyals ($9.5 billion) in 1999, reflecting a three-fold growth since 1984.
According Al-Watan daily, Saudi farmers have managed to maintain high growth rates despite the fact that total aid provided to the agricultural sector has declined by 75 percent in recent years, through focusing on cultivating high-quality agricultural products.
In addition, the total cultivated land area has doubled over the past two decades despite the lack of adequate water resources. Last year, farmland stretched over 4,885,000 hectares throughout Saudi Arabia. The ministry of agriculture plans to increase this figure, stating that this target will require 63-billion Saudi riyals ($16.7 billion) in investment over the next 20 years.
Official statistics recently revealed that Saudis produce 3.6 million tons of wheat annually. They also produce some 1.1 million tons of barley and 500,000 tons of tomatoes. Saudi Arabia also cultivates smaller quantities of citrus and grapes crops. ― (MENA Report)
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