The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for the implementation of all aspects of the country’s agricultural policy and production (whether plant, animal or fishery) as well as its input and output. The ministry takes direct responsibility for irrigation and drainage projects when they are beyond the means of local farming communities and, through the country’s Arable Land Distribution Scheme, identifies land suitable for agricultural development. The ministry implements agricultural plans and programs and is responsible for animal resources, fisheries, grain silos, and locust control.
The agricultural sector in Saudi Arabia has achieved numerous positive indicators that have contributed to the enhancement of the national economy as well as to food security and sustainable rural development. However, due to the scarcity of some natural resources, in particular water, the ministry is encouraging agricultural production that consumes less water—such as in greenhouses, poultry farms and fisheries. Today, Saudi Arabia exports dates, dairy products, eggs, fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables, and flowers to markets around the world. Dates, once a staple of the Saudi diet, are now mainly grown for global humanitarian aid.
The private sector has played a major role in Saudi Arabia’s agricultural development. This is mostly due to government programs monitored by the Ministry of Agriculture that offer long-term interest-free loans, technical and support services, and incentives such as free seeds and fertilizers, low-cost fuel and electricity, and duty-free imports of raw materials and machinery.
“The agricultural sector in Saudi Arabia has seen rapid development over the years, leading to a significant rise in the agricultural gross domestic product. Oracle provided us with a reliable development platform to scale for the future as we rapidly expand our public services,” said Fahad Alomani, director of information systems, Ministry of Agriculture.
The deployment was executed in two phases, each containing different services according to the ministry’s business needs.
Phase one covered the portal and backend customer relationship management application in addition to 11 services that included plants and seed information, fertilizer and pesticide import or export permits, water extraction permits, agricultural machinery, equipment, and registration. Phase two covered 11 services including live animal registration, hatching eggs and chicks count, organic fresh food import and extraction permits, registration of agricultural locations, disclosure of agricultural infections, and labor recruitment support. In addition, the ministry launched sub-portals for each of its directorates.
“Oracle Partner Omnix International, a leading provider of IT solutions with a proven track record of successful Oracle implementations and a large team of Arabic speaking consultants, was chosen as a partner due to its proven understanding of our business requirements and implementation roadmap,” Alomani said.