According to the latest data from the FiBL and IFOAM publication, ‘World of Organic Agriculture 2018’, the area of organic land in Saudi Arabia in 2016 was 17.212 ha, grown by 151 producers, which equates to 0.01% of the total agricultural land in the country. This is not a lot, and in fact, statistics show a decrease of 5% in the number of certified hectares in the country over the last 10 years.
The biggest local organic production is fruit, including dates, followed by cereals and vegetables. According to the 2018 USDA GAIN Report SAA171, Saudi Arabia is a relevant food importer, including organic processed products.
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