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KSA expected to continue improving in food security, says minister

KSA expected to continue improving in food security, says minister
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Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia's Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al Fadli, said the kingdom has made significant achievements and witnessed positive development and change on all scales in tandem with the goals of the National Vision 2030.

The minister expected the kingdom to continue improving in the Global Food Security Index (GFSI) over this year and the coming years after it had jumped to the 30th rank in 2019 from the 32nd in 2016.

The announcement came on the sidelines of the sixth anniversary of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s accession to the throne as King of Saudi Arabia.

Al Fadli also noted the environment ministry has restructured its sectors to ensure performance efficacy and focused on activating the role of the private sector, in line with Vision 2030. 

In addition, it managed to raise non-oil revenues, achieve spending efficiency, and meet all local market needs for agricultural and food products during the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

Furthermore, the minister said the agricultural sector saw milestone developments in various fields, including small farmers support programmes, livestock development, and digital transformation for the ministry’s services.

As for the water sector, the ministry expanded infrastructure of water and wastewater services, increasing coverage rates to 82.9% and serving more than 301,000 new beneficiaries. Moreover, it raised the capacity of the strategic storage to 18.73 million cubic metres.