8 Nov 2009

Saudi plan to phase out crops to save water

1:05 pm on 8 November 2009

Saudi Arabia is to try to conserve scarce water supplies by phasing out the production of all crops it considers need too much water.

The Saudi Water Minister says the crops concerned included wheat, soya beans and animal fodder. He said it would be best to grow these crops outside Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia needs more than 6.5 million tonnes of wheat a year, and the government has already said it intends to rely entirely on imported wheat by 2016, the BBC reports.