Saudi-Arabia in the spell of organic produce
The first 65 growers have already changed to organic agriculture with the assistance of GIZ and another 200 growers are working towards this. They are very motivated and insist on participating. Where organic is concerned the first thought in Saudi-Arabia is not about durability. People are mainly interested in their health: to use a lot has a lot of effect is unfortunately the motto of many Saudi agrarians, when plant protection means and fertilizer are concerned. And the word 'healthy' is often shown on the packing there regardless of the contents.
Therefore the people of GIZ have developed a Saudi bio-seal which to a large extent is the same as the European bio-seal. In the meantime there are 30 organic supermarkets spread all over the country and in Riyad and a few other large cities one can even subscribe to a case of organic fruit and vegetables. Sales of these are going well. The demand is clearly larger than the supply.
Consequently the demand for organic products in the country is clearly enormous.
Fresh Plaza - 20, Apr 2012