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40 percent of the food in Saudi Arabia is wasted, estimates the country’s Environment, Water and Agriculture Ministry.
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The food bank in Saudi Arabia has proposed a fine of SAR 1000 (AED 979) for every kilo of surplus food that goes to waste, to inculcate the habit of avoiding food wastage. The fine was proposed after a UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report said that Saudi Arabia was at the top of the world’s food waste index, Al Arabiya reported. 40 percent of the food in Saudi Arabia is wasted, estimates the country’s Environment, Water and Agriculture Ministry. The proposal put forth to the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs in Dammam, Saudi Arabia includes compulsory agreement to curb food wastage that calls for the existence of an obligation between food preservation centers, restaurants and wedding halls to restrain them from wasting food in the country.
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