It is no secret to anyone that the year 2020 is not an easy year for all sectors, due to the Corona pandemic, and the agricultural sector is not immune from the rest of the sectors. Accordingly, the association was keen to provide all support to organic farmers in particular, as it provided a technical support number to respond to inquiries received from farmers, and seek to serve them around the clock.
In this report, we try to summarize the most prominent work carried out by the association during the year 2020.
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Create a sustainable management system that:
Respects nature's systems and cycles and promotes the health and balance of soil, water, plants and animals.
Contributes to a high level of biodiversity.
It aims to make optimal use of energy and natural resources such as water, soil, organic matter and air.
Respect the animal's care and behavioral requirements.
Producing safe, high quality products.
Diversified production of food and agricultural products that respond to consumer demand through the use of processes that do not harm the environment, human health, plants and animals.
Engineer Abdul Rahman Al-Fadhli, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, witnessed today, in the presence of Dr. Fahd Balghunaim, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Organization for Organic Agriculture, the signing of 5 memoranda of understanding at the Ministry’s headquarters in Riyadh between the Saudi Society for Organic Agriculture and a number of private sector companies and cooperative societies.
This came in the presence of a number of ministry officials, the private sector and cooperative societies in the Kingdom, where the five memoranda aims to support the marketing of organic foods in the Kingdom, develop the marketing field in the sector, solve the obstacles facing organic farmers after production and enable them to display and market their products.
She explained that the memoranda of understanding aim to work on providing packaging solutions and reducing costs for farmers by activating the purchase and unified demand, preparing their products, supporting the marketing of the organic product by facilitating its access to markets, supporting the process of storing the product and delivering it to the consumer, and creating models to support logistical solutions that constitute a burden and a major challenge on farms, in addition to involving The private sector with organic producers to ensure the sustainability and continuity of business.
She pointed out that the memoranda of understanding also aim to raise the level of cooperation between the Saudi Organization for Organic Agriculture and the private sector in the field of supply chains and logistics services for appropriate packaging to ensure the transportation of organic products and maintain their safety and speed of delivery from farmers to the target destinations and make them available to the final consumer at the best competitive costs in addition to employing technology Modern and marketing platforms to serve the organic agriculture sector in the Kingdom.
She stated that organic agriculture in the Kingdom has achieved positive results in recent years by increasing production and developing it to be a safe and healthy food product free of chemical components to contribute to achieving sustainable development and stimulating the transition to organic agriculture, as it is one of the most important pillars for building sustainable production patterns with high competitiveness.
The ministry’s sponsorship of these memos confirms the importance of developing the organic food market in the local market, as it is the main engine for the growth and renaissance of the sector, as it indicated that during the past period the focus was on the movement of the organic food market to contribute to overcoming the challenges faced by farmers and the logistical difficulties of producers in cooperation with the private sector and associations Co-operative and related parties.
His Royal Highness Prince Dr. Faisal bin Mishaal bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Qassim region, called for increasing the outlets for selling organic agricultural products in the region, to help farmers market their organic products, citing the fact that the presence of organic farming has become a requirement, in a way that benefits the health of the consumer, and limits Of the dangers of chemical pesticides, which are very harmful to the health of the consumer.
This came during His Highness' weekly session, which was held yesterday at Al-Tawheed Palace in Buraidah, entitled (Organic Agriculture .. Its Importance and Benefits), in which His Excellency the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Organization for Organic Agriculture, Dr. Fahd Balghunaim, spoke. His Highness the Prince of Al-Qassim explained that the Saudi Society for Organic Agriculture has a great interest in spreading awareness of the importance of organic and pure agriculture, which is a requirement for humans to preserve their health, drawing attention to the fact that the state - dear God - has spared no effort in caring for consumer health, praising the role played by His Excellency Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Organization for Organic Agriculture to support organic farming programs and spread this culture among farmers, indicating the role hoped for by the association, its importance and the requirements for its support to farmers interested in organic agriculture in the region.
For his part, His Excellency the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Organization for Organic Agriculture, Dr. Fahd Balghunaim, valued the interest of His Highness the Prince of Qassim to provide the opportunity to hold such a meeting, indicating that the Saudi Association for Organic Agriculture has an independent legal personality and financial responsibility, established by a decision of the Council of Ministers, and aims to advance the profession of agriculture. Organic and its products and everything that would develop this activity, and its work is parallel to the work of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.
Al-Ghunaim spoke about the beginning of organic agriculture in the Kingdom, and the adoption by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of citizens' initiatives to support organic agriculture, explaining that the concept of organic agriculture in the first place is completely away from chemicals or control. For his part, Director of the Organic Production Department at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Engineer Ayman Al-Ghamdi, explained that the activity of organic agriculture is one of the activities that the Ministry has worked on to develop and develop during 16 years in the organizational, legislative and marketing aspects, and that a project for the development of organic agriculture was established in 2005, and a contract was made with one of the Houses of Expertise, in five phases, completed in 2017.
Al-Ghamdi indicated that the ministry has trained specialists and established an organic production department; To be the reference body for the sector in cooperation with the association, and to set up model farms in all regions of the Kingdom, and to hold technical workshops in coordination with all branches of the ministry at that time, in addition to placing a special logo for organic products in order to ensure the accuracy of the product and to ensure to the consumer that it is organic, revealing that the volume of Organic production reached 1.3 billion, the area of organic farms is 27 thousand hectares, and the volume of animal production is 14,800 heads, indicating that the growth rates of the organic agriculture sector in the Kingdom during 2019 - 2020 reached 18.8% in the organic food market, and the number of approved documentation companies There are 6 companies in the Kingdom that grant certificates of authentication for organic products.
For his part, the Secretary-General of the Saudi Organic Agriculture Association, Abdullah Al-Hussan, reviewed the roles and tasks of the association and the importance of the benefits of organic agriculture. Technically and financially, conducting field technical visits for farmers to switch to organic farming, diagnosing the challenges facing farmers and keenness to find solutions for them in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, pointing out that the number of organic farms in the Kingdom is 312, and the number of farms in Qassim is 20, and the number of farms in Qassim is 20. Sales outlets 12 outlets in Qassim. In turn, the supervisor of the northern sector at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Eng. Salman Al-Suwaina, indicated that the ministry was keen on the reliability of agricultural sources through laboratories that ensure the control of agricultural products, to ensure the safety of food that reaches markets in the region, and this gave a positive indication of agricultural products in the region. The Director of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture branch in Onaizah Governorate, Engineer Yousef Al-Qarzai, indicated the importance of using organic inputs by taking advantage of natural materials and converting them into organic fertilizers that contribute to increasing soil fertility, noting the ministry’s keenness to provide technical support to farmers in the Kingdom through visiting specialists and experts and participating in workshops to support Organic farming and conducting many experiments and techniques to support farmers. At the end of the session, His Highness the Prince of Qassim honored His Excellency the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Society for Organic Agriculture, Dr. Fahd Balghunaim, in appreciation of his participation and the informative and enriching information he provided to the attendees.
The initiatives of the National Center for Palms and Dates, including the Saudi Date Mark, contributed to the adoption of quality standards for exportable dates. The number of agricultural holdings that obtained the Saudi Date Mark reached 4650, while the number of factories that obtained the Saudi Date Mark reached 56 factories.
The International Dates Exhibition, which was held in Riyadh for five days, concluded its programs and activities, with the attendance of more than 24,000 visitors. difference in losses. The local experiences enhanced the quality of the products displayed in the exhibition, including samples of organic farming, which attracted the attention of visitors and researchers, so that the “Al-Dikka Model Farm” was one of the main models presented by the Center as part of its main initiatives, and the organic farms contributed to the high percentage of foreign exports and the acceptance of foreign markets for dates. As an organic product licensed in Europe, America and Japan.
It is a method of agricultural production - both plant and animal - that relies on the use of natural materials to produce food without the use of materials, fertilizers, chemical pesticides, hormones or genetically modified materials.
It is the production, manufacture, marketing, import or export of organic inputs or products.
They are materials that are used in organic farming.
They are fresh and processed organic plant and animal products.
Organic products, fresh materials, grains or canned goods are identified through the Saudi national logo label for organic products, which indicates that the product is ORGANIC, meaning that the sources of its production and manufacture are natural and not manufactured, and also through the application of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture by inquiring about organic products from By scanning the QR code of the product.
This label (Logo) is issued by the Department of Organic Production to farmers, producers or manufacturers after inspecting them by accredited documentation bodies and ensuring their application of the executive regulations of the organic farming system.
All agricultural systems that encourage the production of food by environmentally, socially and economically sound means, and greatly reduce
From external industrial additives such as (chemical fertilizers, pesticides, drugs, genetically modified seeds and preservatives), organic farming activates the natural laws to increase agricultural yields and resist diseases.
The request is studied by specialists and communicated with the farmer to set an appointment to visit the farm
Specialists visit the farm, provide technical support, organic agricultural guidance, and evaluate the farm's components and eligibility to convert to organic farming
The farm is linked to one of the approved inspection and documentation companies
The farm is linked to entering the farm at a stage (under transformation) until the organic farm becomes one of the approved inspection and documentation companies
It was approved by the Honorable Council of Ministers by Resolution No. 324, which is to provide safe and environmentally friendly organic agricultural products, plant and animal, in accordance with the organic farming system and its executive regulations, in order to increase organic production to meet the increasing demand, and to stimulate local production in this field in a way that supports sustainable agriculture.
1- Producing safe food of high quality.
2- Preserving the environment and natural resources 3- Conserving irrigation water and rationalizing its consumption.
4- Raising the level of organic production.
5- Supporting organic agricultural production.
1 - Supporting the regulatory authorities in the field of organic agriculture with technical capabilities and human cadres and building their capacities.
2- Supporting the Saudi Society for Organic Agriculture in holding workshops and meetings for all stakeholders in the field of organic agriculture.
3- Supporting the Organic Agriculture Research Center, establishing other research centers and enhancing cooperation in the field of research.
4- Expanding and developing extension services to improve the efficiency of organic production.
5- Improving and encouraging the work of inspection and documentation bodies.
6- Providing support to organic farmers and farmers under transformation to cover inspection costs.
7- Documenting and providing support for the transition to and continuation of organic farming.
8- Supporting the use of innovative organic farming techniques.
9- Facilitating the procedures for importing organic production inputs in coordination with the relevant authorities.
10 - Supporting the marketing and processing of organic products.
11- Increasing consumer awareness about organic foods.