SABIC has signed an agreement with the National Research & Development Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (Estidamah) to manage and develople the center’s business in Riyadh.

Abdulrahman Al-Fadley, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture and Chairman of Estidamah board of members, and SABIC Vice Chairman & CEO Yousef Al-Benyan signed the agreement.

The new five-year agreement is effective from July 25, 2021, following the expiry of an arrangement agreed upon by SABIC and MEWA in 2016 under which the former was mandated to run Estidamah for five years, which ends on July 24, 2021.

“The new agreement will promote SABIC’s contribution in developing  Sustainable Agriculture progrms to achieve  the goals of the National strategy for Agriculture in the kingdom which line  Vision 2030.” said Al-Benyan.

As per the agreement, SABIC will assign eight staff to work & manage the Estidamah center. In return, SABIC will benefit from the center to conduct  its research work.

Located in Riyadh Techno Valley on the campus of King Saud University in Riyadh, the Estidamah center was established in 2013 as an agricultural research center to conduct applied research on innovative technologies for sustainable agriculture. The center’s research focuses on increasing production per unit area, improving quality, minimising the use of pesticides, and improving water use efficiency.

SABIC collaborated with the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture to fund, build, and operate the Estidamah center.

The primary goal of the center is to promote sustainable agriculture in Saudi Arabia and adopted advance agricultural tools to promote sustainable agriculture practices in Saudi Arabia, enable the optimal use of natural resources and water, to contribute to achieving food security, and preserving these resources for future generations

The center seeks to establish its position as a leading institution in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region as an applied research institute that provides a range of agriculture-related solutions to public and private agencies at the national and international levels. Through research, it identifies practical, applicable solutions for the development, improvement, and implementation of agriculture technologies in the Kingdom.