Volume 5 Issue Spl-1-SAFSAW Article 18

Revisiting Extension Systems in Saudi Arabia: Emerging Reasons and Realities

 

Mirza B. Baig*1, Gary S. Straquadine2, F.O. Aldosari1

 

1Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Society, College of Food and Agriculture Sciences, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2460, Riyadh 11451, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2Vice Chancellor, Utah State University – Eastern Campus, Price, Utah 84501 USA

 

Keywords: [Extension System, Training Programs, Greenhouse Crops, Marketing, Post-harvest Technologies, Climate Change, Water Resources]

Page No: S160-S164

 

Received – 29 April, 2017; Revision – 5 July, 2017; Accepted – 30 July, 2017
Available Online - August 31,2017

 

Abstract

 

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most water stressed countries and hence at ‘extreme risk’. The analyses presented by various scientists caution that the dual drivers of climate change and population growth will combine to put further stress on scarce water resources and affect the food security. To reduce the pressures on the diminishing and depleting water resources, the kingdom has put restriction on the planting of wheat, barley and fodder crops with high water requirements. Farmers have been encouraged to grow vegetable crops in the greenhouses by employing water-saving technologies. In the situation, the farmers need assistance related to green-house crop production and marketing of their produce. At the same time, the extension agents need trainings in the newly emerged situations. It would be important to bring all the stakeholders on the discussion table to devise strategies to address the emerging situation.

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