Reef Saudi invests to support Kingdom’s coffee industry

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Reef Saudi invests in Coffee Production
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The Sustainable Agricultural Rural Development Program (Reef Saudi) has affirmed its commitment to support the Kingdom’s coffee sector, reporting a significant increase in coffee production.

Since its inception in 2020, the program has allocated a total of $16 million (SAR61 million) in support, reaching 3,718 beneficiaries.

From 2020 to 2023, production volume has grown by 37 percent, reaching 1,485 tons, compared to 800 tons in 2020. The program’s ambitious goal is to achieve 7,000 tons of coffee production annually by 2026.

The Reef Saudi program operates within a broader context of empowering small agricultural producers. The program aims to improve access to resources, markets, and essential agricultural services. Ultimately, it seeks to contribute to food security, rural social stability, environmental sustainability, and the responsible management of natural resources.

The program emphasizes the growing importance of the coffee industry within the Kingdom’s economy. Reef Saudi aims to integrate coffee production into the overall agricultural landscape, transforming it into a cash crop that diversifies the agricultural base.

Furthermore, it also seeks to create additional economic value through manufacturing, marketing, and increased self-sufficiency in coffee production, ultimately reducing reliance on imports.

Reef Saudi recognizes the potential for job creation within the coffee sector, particularly for young Saudis. The program seeks to increase producer income and improve overall livelihoods in rural areas.

According to the statement, “To achieve its goals, Reef Saudi has established a multi-pronged strategy. This strategy includes facilitating access to financial resources, implementing best agricultural practices through nurseries and model farms, and introducing automated harvesting techniques to minimize waste. Cooperative societies and coffee marketing centers are also being established to enhance the sustainability of Saudi coffee cultivation.”

Additionally, the program supports rainwater harvesting projects and irrigation infrastructure development. Direct financial support for small producers is offered alongside capacity-building initiatives for technical personnel within relevant institutions.

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