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  • Ahmed Saleh

Al-Jouf Region sees citrus production rise due to climate and demand

Sakaka, December 28, 2023, The Al-Jouf Region has witnessed a notable surge in citrus production, attributed to its favorable climate and the increasing demand in the market. Recognized for being a key contributor to the region's agricultural output, alongside olives, dates, and other crops, fruits have become a prominent feature of the agricultural landscape. The region stands out for its fertile soil and ample water resources, playing a pivotal role in the food security framework and prompting investments by farmers and agricultural enterprises.

The moderate climate of Al-Jouf, blending the characteristics of the Mediterranean climate with that of the Arabian Peninsula, has created an environment conducive to successful cultivation. This has led to the flourishing of numerous trees and agricultural crops, encompassing vegetables, amygdalae, and a variety of citrus fruits such as oranges, mandarins, lemons, and citrons.

The increasing production of citrus and the expansion of its market distribution are revitalizing the fruit sector in Al-Jouf. The region boasts approximately 1.4 million fruit trees, yielding a remarkable annual production exceeding 170,000 tons. These fruits not only cater to the local markets and consumers within Al-Jouf but also exhibit competitive quality and prices for consumers both domestically and internationally.

Al-Jouf is home to around 4,000 agricultural projects, supported by a network of 22,000 farms and 18,637 farmers. Agriculture has deep historical roots in the region, and in recent years, it has experienced significant growth aligning with the objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030 and the comprehensive development plans across various regions of the Kingdom. This expansion underscores the region's commitment to sustainable agricultural practices and aligns with broader national goals for economic diversification and development.

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