Saudi Arabia asks the private sector to publish a modern agricultural register to combat commercial concealment
The Saudi government has asked the private sector to approve an expanded agricultural register (tasattur) on farms, starting in September, to reduce practices that promote commercial concealment.
The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has unveiled a project to record and update data on agricultural, animal and fishing activities and agricultural properties using the latest technologies in the field of remote sensing, satellite images and artificial intelligence.
According to information obtained by Asharq Al-Awsat, the Ministry of Commerce has asked the business sector – based on the directives of the Ministry of Environment – to approve the effective implementation of an agricultural register developed for sale of agricultural products.
The move follows efforts by the Ministry of the Environment to end practices that lead to commercial concealment in the agricultural sector, including the sale of agricultural products such as fertilizers, pesticides and others.
The ministry previously announced that more than 655 staff in 13 regions and 151 governorates, units and offices are working on issuing farm registers developed for farms comprising 11 agricultural and animal activities, in addition to preparing for the issuance of activity licenses. .
The ministry also pointed out that from September 2022, agricultural enterprises and institutions would not be allowed to sell production supplies to farmers, except under a developed agricultural register, with the aim of contributing to the elimination of commercial concealment, in accordance with best practices. that ensure food security and protect farmers and investors.
The project aims to organize agricultural and animal activities across the Kingdom, build geospatial databases, conduct field surveys, collect and analyze information using the latest technologies and eliminate the products of origin unknown, in order to achieve sustainable development and protect natural resources, in line with the objectives of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 to support and promote diversified agricultural investments and achieve self-sufficiency.