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|26 September, 2018

Saudi Cabinet approves $2.3bln plan to boost date and palm farmers

Royal order issued for establishing a rural development program for sustainable agriculture that will support and develop the dates and palms sector

Farmers collect dates as the palm dates harvest season begins in Disa, around 200 km (125 miles) from the Saudi city of Tabuk August 12, 2013.

Farmers collect dates as the palm dates harvest season begins in Disa, around 200 km (125 miles) from the Saudi city of Tabuk August 12, 2013.

REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet expressed its approval on Tuesday for a royal order establishing a rural development program for sustainable agriculture that will support and develop the dates and palms sector.

The program, backed with an initial capital outlay of SR1.5 billion and investment of more that SR7 billion over seven years, is an extension of the king’s care for Saudi farmers, the Cabinet said.

Chaired by the king at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, the meeting congratulated the king and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the Kingdom’s 88th National Day.

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Saudi Arabia enjoyed security, prosperity and national cohesion, and had pioneering roles at Arab, Islamic and international levels, ministers said.

King Salman praised the accomplishments of the founder, King Abdul Aziz, to unify the country and lay its foundations, and the achievements of his sons in continuing that progress. 

Achievements included the development of the Two Holy Mosques, serving their visitors, ensuring their comfort and helping all those in need with money and humanitarian aid and actively contributing to the consolidation of the bonds of security and stability around the world.

“I express my thanks and appreciation to the leaders and officials of countries and the Kingdom’s citizens for their congratulations and celebrations marking the Kingdom’s 88th National Day,” the king said. 

The Cabinet praised the royal order awarding 189 Defense Ministry officers, staff and non-commissioned officers medals for their duties and achievements in the service of the armed forces, as well as their roles in military operations in Yemen.

The Cabinet expressed its thanks to the king for ordering the release of all prisoners who are insolvent and not involved in criminal cases in the province of Taif, and the payment of the amounts they owed, based on the crown prince’s suggestion upon his visit to Taif.

The Cabinet commended the crown prince’s donation of SR10 million to Taif camel racecourse.

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