Direction for strategic cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Cote d’Ivoire for rice production
The project allows the production of 3 million tons by 2025
Wednesday – 28 Shawwal 1442 AH – 09 June 2021 AD Issue No. [
Saudi Arabia enhances sources of food security and benefits from external agriculture (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Riyadh: Bandar Muslim
According to information sources, the Saudi embassy revealed the desire of the Ivorian side to invest Saudi Arabia in this project, which is one of the strategic sectors in the two countries, as it provided many detailed studies in this regard.
Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire signed a general agreement for cooperation between the two countries in the economic, commercial, investment, educational, artistic, cultural, media, tourism, youth and sports fields. It also opens horizons for concluding specialized bilateral agreements in areas of interest to the two countries.
The agreement stems from the keenness of the Saudi government to develop its foreign relations with the governments of countries and peoples of the world and its desire to strengthen the bonds of friendship with those countries and to strengthen historical ties and common interests.
The study, which was reviewed by Asharq Al-Awsat, indicated that rice is one of the strategic food sectors for the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire and Saudi Arabia, as well as for the majority of developing countries that consume this product, indicating that the sector requires large water resources, a suitable climate and large investments.
The study confirmed that the first two elements in Côte d’Ivoire are water resources and a suitable climate for rice cultivation. At the same time, the Kingdom has a private sector capable of investing in this strategic area with all institutional, regulatory and legal guarantees capable of reassuring investors. In addition, the study of the situation in the two countries makes It is possible to identify clear complementarities that require the establishment of cooperation in this sector.
The study stated that many entities visited Côte d’Ivoire with the aim of exploiting the important potentials in the field of rice cultivation, including French, Indian and Israeli, without significant results that would allow reversing the trend of increasing dependence on rice imports.
She said that in the current situation, a large-scale giant project in this field can be proposed within the framework of cooperation between the Kingdom and Cote d’Ivoire that allows the production of one million tons of rice one year after the date of the investment and can grow to 3 million tons in 2025, indicating that preliminary data show The importance of mapping rice production areas by identifying available land and high-level technological equipment for production, as well as selecting automated hulling stations.
She added that the maps of rice in Côte d’Ivoire are based in the western and northwestern regions with very large production capabilities, and the central, eastern, northeastern and southwestern regions with average production potentials, while the south of the republic considers its production capabilities low.