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Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Agriculture and Fisheries Project (Saudi Arabia)
Project Description: This project was initiated in accordance with a 2006 policy designed to protect reserves of groundwater in Saudi Arabia. The project aims to cultivate crops of high economic value and develop Saudi Arabian fisheries while reducing consumption of fresh water.
Overall, this project will:
  1. Create the new variety of date palm and process the tissue culture; conduct experiments involving VrCRP gene cultivation and write a research report on the issue.
  2. Cultivate a number of marine fish species, including Plectropomus areolatus, Epinephelus polyphekadion, Epinephelus coioides and Silver perch.
  3. Cultivate marine shrimps such as Indian shrimp; analyze the water quality of ponds and investigate areas suitable for cage cultivation.


Implementation Start Date: 2011/1/1
Implementation End Date: 2017/12/31
Source of Funding: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Project Objectives: The objectives of this project are:
  1. Cultivate 200 date palm seedlings by tissue culture and produce a new variety; manage the 2-hectare date palm garden; provide Saudi Arabian researchers with guidance on using specific instruments and performing experiments relating to date palm cultivation.
  2. Introduce fish and shrimp species and fry; provide technical consultation and perform research into varieties of marine fish and shrimp to create cultivation models.
  3. Provide training courses to local researchers, technicians and fishermen.
Executing Agency:
  1. Taiwan Technical Mission in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  2. Fish Farming Center, Jeddah, Ministry of Agriculture (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Implementation Arrangement: Members of the Taiwan Technical Mission will provide technical assistance and assistance for capacity building.
Current Progress: To the end of September 2012, the following activities have been completed:
  1. Produced 40,200 somatic embryos of in vitro date palm over 26.75 hectares; provided 2,675 seedlings to local farmers for further cultivation.
  2. Conducted experiments on the commercial variety of date palm; maintained nine varieties of date palm in test tubes and managed 200 seedlings in the 2-hectare date palm garden.
  3. Completed the cultivation and conservation of the first and second generations of species of Epinephelus polyphekadion and Plectropomus areolatus in third quarter.
  4. Proceeding the technical transfer about the broodstock cultivation of sea fish.
  5. Proceeding the shrimp project by the researchers of Saudi Arabia.
Project Contact: Lin Cheng-tung, Wang Chiu-mu, Ke Jian-ying
Phone: 966-1-4011666 #1626
E-mail: tm.saudiarabia@icdf.org.tw
Projected Benefits:
  1. Improve technologies associated with date palm cultivation, establish crop production systems and increase the varieties of crops cultivated
  2. Produce 150,000 date palms per year over 1,500 hectares, for a total yield of 7.5 million kg worth US$60 million per year.
  3. Establish marine fish cultivation models; produce 100,000 kg of Epinephelus polyphekadion worth US$4 million per year over 10 hectares.
  4. Establish a system for cultivating healthy species of shrimp, maintain cultivation of Indian shrimp and expand the shrimp species database.
  5. Produce 60,000 kg of marine shrimp worth US$480,000 over 10 hectares.
Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Saudi Arabia
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2011/3/25
  • Date Updated:2012/11/14