Saudi Arabia

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:

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.

Cultivate a number of marine fish species, including Plectropomus areolatus, Epinephelus polyphekadion, Epinephelus coioides and Silver perch.

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. Reserve the F1 and F2 broodstock of Camouflage grouper E. polyphekadion; cultivate the Orange-spotted grouper to gonad maturation as broodstock; produce sea bass juveniles for private sector as part of extension. Transfer the larviculture related technology to local researchers.
Executing Agency:
  1. Taiwan Technical Mission in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  2. Fisheries Research Center(Jeddah), Ministry of Agriculture
  3. National Agriculture& Animal Research Center(Riyadh), Ministry of Agriculture
Implementation Arrangement: Members of the Taiwan Technical Mission will provide technical assistance and assistance for capacity building.
Current Progress:

To the end of  March 2014, the following activities have been completed:

  1. Produced 17,500 somatic embryos of in vitro date palm over 21.75 hectares; provided 2,175 plants to local farmers for new varieties.
  2. Conducted experiments on the commercial variety of date palm; maintained 12 varieties of date palm in test tubes and managed 200 seedlings in the 2-hectare date palm garden.
  3. Assist 6 farmers to produce Silver perch, continue doing research in the reproductive biology of orange-spotted grouper, introduce Gilthead seabream broodstock, and keep retaining the broodstock.
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.
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:2014/1/6
  • Date Updated:2014/2/17