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Food security top priority for Saudi - official

Population growth puts food and agriculture market to top of agenda.

Food security top priority for Saudi - official
FOOD COSTS: Rising population means Saudi needs to invest in its food security. (Getty Images)

Food security is a top priority for Saudi Arabia as strong population growth is set to continue over the next five years, it has been reported.

SR65bn worth of food and agricultural products was imported last year to meet rising demands, the Saudi Gazette reports on Monday.

The kingdom’s food sector, the largest in the Gulf, is set to increase by 18.5 percent a year, Khalid Daou, project manager of Riyadh Exhibition Company’s (REC) Saudi Agriculture Division.

“Saudi Arabia is looking at a population increase of around 15.4 percent within the next five-year period and food security is thus among the top priorities under its long-term development agenda,” he told the paper.

Saudi Agro-Food 2010 will be held from October 4 to 7, 2010 at Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.

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