The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture signed an agreement with the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China to export frozen white shrimp to the Republic of China.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture Affairs, Eng. Ahmed AlEyadah, said that 40,000 tons are expected to be exported before the end of 2018, with a value exceeding SR1 billion. Adding that the Ministry aims to reach 80,000 tons by 2020, worth SR2 billion, as China is considered the world's largest seafood consumer.
AlEyadah referred to the Ministry's efforts to raise supervision and continue developing the fisheries sector to achieve its objectives, and he highlighted the great role played by the Ministry that aimed at implementing the best aquaculture practices in the world, and the harmonious cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce and Investment as well as the Saudi Export Development Authority, which has led to such outstanding success.
In a bid to encourage the Chinese delegation to explore the Ministry's great efforts to support the aquaculture sector, increase the Saudi Arabia's exports in this sector and implement the best global standards and practices to maintain the quality of the products, the Ministry organized a field visit for the Chinese delegation to the Jeddah Fisheries Research Center (JFRC), the Jeddah Islamic Port and the Ministry's laboratory.