Agriculture Saudi Arabia plans to invest $24bn to support local economy By Pramod Kumar September 6, 2022 Creative Commons UM6P is looking to invest in deep technologies including in agriculture, food, climate tech and precision fermentation. Saudi Arabia will invest SAR 91 billion ($24.20 billion) to develop the domestic economy, Arab News reported, citing Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture. The agriculture sector contributed SAR 72 billion, or 2.3 percent, to the kingdom’s gross domestic product last year, the minister said, adding that the 2022 development fund for the sector is likely to hit SAR 7 billion, compared to SAR 465 million in 2015. Al-Fadhli stated that the agricultural sector’s strategy and targets had been recently updated. Meanwhile, a sharp surge in exports in the second quarter of 2022 has helped business activity in Saudi Arabia’s non-oil sector rise to a ten-month high. The General Authority for Statistics reported that exports increased by 85.1 percent year-on-year in Q2 to SAR 429.8 billion ($114.61 billion). Oil accounted for 80 percent of exports, up from 71.7 percent in Q2 2021, the statistical agency said.