The Saudi Organic Farming Association (SOFA) is working in connection to create a state-of-the-art organic sector, better market place for organic goods, and close adherence to worldwide food safety standards.
GTZ will also set up the SOFA's organizational framework, and share expertise with the government.
While SOFA will monitor organic production, protect farmers, promote consumer awareness, and keep with food quality policies of many European countries.
Saudi Arabia is a major importer of agricultural goods, with figures expected to grow 25%. So successful organic farming would keep more food raised in house.
As an, at times, ethnocentric American, it surprises me to see non-Western nations taking interest into issues like this. I seem to think a country like Saudi Arabia has more pressing matters at hand than organic farming.
But it's cool to see though!
Via Arab News.
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