The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has started implementing the first phase of two initiatives to plant 45 million fruit trees in agricultural terraces, and to plant 4 million lemon trees with renewed water by 2030, as part of the Saudi Green Initiative under the slogan “From Ambition to Action”, in cooperation with private sector institutions and the Development Fund. agricultural.
This came during a workshop organized by the Ministry today at its headquarters in Riyadh, in the presence of a number of officials and directors of the Ministry’s branches. With the aim of formulating criteria and conditions for selecting sites, and determining the locations of nurseries and afforestation; To achieve the objectives of the two initiatives to plant 45 million fruit trees in the regions of Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Asir, Al-Baha, and Jizan, and to plant 4 million lemon trees with renewed water, in the regions of Riyadh, Al-Sharqiya, Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Najran, Al-Qassim, Al-Madinah Al-Baha, Asir, and Jazan.
The two initiatives are expected to provide more than half of the Kingdom’s imports of fruits, an estimated 4.5 billion riyals, to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, and to contribute effectively to the sustainability, cultivation and production of the fruit crop. To achieve food security and sustainable development, exploit rainwater and renewable water, benefit from it in irrigation and replenish groundwater reserves, encourage farmers, investors and entrepreneurs to invest in planting fruit trees and manufacturing industries, and increase green space to contribute to reducing carbon emissions, providing job opportunities and increasing income In the targeted areas for the sustainability of rural resources, in order to achieve the goals of the Saudi Green Initiative.-
The two initiatives are also expected to contribute to providing investment opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors in the field of growing fruit crops and processing industries related to fruit products, promoting eco-tourism, providing opportunities for training university students and conducting scientific research at the local and global levels, in accordance with the goals of Vision 2030.