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Brazilian Minister of Agriculture: Ready to Provide Saudi Market Demand of Meat | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi smiles during a meeting with Brazil’s President Michel Temer and ambassadors of meat importing countries of Brazil at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil March 19, 2017. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Riyadh – Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply Blairo Maggi said that Brazil is fully ready to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in the field of food and to provide the market demand of meat and other products according to Saudi Vision 2030.

Maggi added to Asharq Al-Awsat that he has discussed with the Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Abdulrahman Bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Fadhli during his last visit to Riyadh the challenges that are facing Saudis and Brazilians in the private sector regarding investment in plant and animal production, as well as the reinforcement of cooperation between the two countries in this field.

“We will expand cooperation between the private and public sectors in Saudi Arabia and we will work on finding solutions to the obstacles that hinder exports or imports from the two countries – we have tight relations with the kingdom and they extend from 40 years,” Maggi added.

The minister said that his country aims at encouraging Saudi investment in food security in Brazil, pointing out that there are cooperation dimensions between Saudi Arabia and Brazil according to Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020.

He added “we have explained for the relevant authorities transparently the importance of the coming phase regarding foreign investment in food security in Brazil.” The minister continued that Brazil acquires 63% of the meat market in Saudi Arabia.

Maggi noted that Brasilia’s economy is growing steadily, hailing the county’s achievements in laws of investments, available opportunities and the facilities provided by the government.