NEOM is looking to seafood as it eyes a sustainable and self-sufficient future of food production in Saudi Arabia. NEOM is teaming up with the Arabian Agricultural Services Company (ARASCO) and Cargill to develop sustainable aquaculture sector and achieve protein self-sufficiency by 2030. The three parties will work together to explore and scale up sustainable ways to meet rising domestic demand for aquaculture, including through research and development into more sustainable feed sources.
"Aquaculture offers the most sustainable way to produce protein in terms of water consumption and carbon emissions to arid countries such as Saudi Arabia. “This agreement will ultimately lead to addressing the need to replace fishmeal by more sustainable fish feed”. “Additionally, it aligns with NEOM’s efforts to facilitate the production and supply of sustainable seafood while protecting the marine environment. We look forward to working with ARASCO and Cargill to transform the seafood-production industry and minimize the environmental impact." - Dr. Juan Carlos Motamayor, Head of NEOM Food
This initiative is consistent with the plans and programs for the development and diversification of the Saudi economy under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which includes achieving self-sufficiency in industries including food, and developing export markets where possible.
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