Saudi Arabia Railways has signed an agreement with Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO) to transport grain from King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam to the Organization’s branch office in Riyadh, as this agreement will contribute to achieving economic development and providing main food commodities in Saudi Arabia.
H. E Eng. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadley, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture and H.E. Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al Jasser, Minister of Transport and Logistic Services witnessed the signing ceremonies. The contract was signed by H.E. Eng. Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Faris, Governor of Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO) and Dr. Bashar Al Malik, CEO of Saudi Arabia Railway (SAR) in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture’s headquarters in Riyadh.
The five-year agreement includes transportation of grain from King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam to the Organization’s branch office in Riyadh by the railway linking the Eastern Province with Riyadh. It will result in less dependency on trucks on road to reduce carbon emissions. preserving the roads‘ infrastructure and increasing the safety level for roads users.
Eng. Ahmed Al-Faris expressed his pride in signing this national and strategic agreement in the food industry and logistic services saying: “This agreement will help SAGO, which manages and operates silos, work more efficiently and diversify means of transportation, as 300,000 tons of grain are transported yearly.”
Commenting on the signing, Dr. Bashar Al Malik said: “It entrenches our role and commitment to achieve the objectives of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS) and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. We transport food commodities following the highest international standards to ensure safety and quality”
“Our cooperation with SAGO will contribute to reducing carbon emissions in addition to reducing dependency on trucks on the road which leads to enhancing traffic safety on the roads between Riyadh Province and Eastern Province. The distance between the two provinces is 428 km by the railway.” Al Malik added