Economists have estimated that Saudis throw away between 35 and 40 percent of cooked rice a year, a waste worth nearly SR1.6 billion,
The Kingdom imports about 1.1 million tons of rice annually at an estimated cost of SR4 billion, of which nearly 440 tons are wasted every year, al-
Chairman of the
"There is wastage of significant quantities of rice by Saudi society estimated to be between 35 and 40 percent and this is mainly due to people's failure to understand the importance of conserving food. The solution begins with the family as there should be awareness about wasting food, especially rice. The committee intends to hold a workshop on the topic and it will also deal with the mechanisms for reducing food wastage in society," he said.
According to the director of public relations at the It'aam
The society encourages food conservation through campaigns launched in newspapers, on television and radio, at local festivals and on social networking websites such as
"It'aam has signed a number of memorandums of understanding with numerous official bodies, such as the
Al-Khan cited opinion polls held by It'aam that show an increase in awareness on the importance of conserving food, something he said shows how effective awareness campaigns can be on impacting society and the national economy.
The chief executive officer of al-
As for the total consumption of Basmati rice, 80 percent is Mazzah and 20 percent is white rice. The southern and western parts of the Kingdom consume more Mazzah rice while the
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