Then in 2016, Aramco was part of an initiative to help Jaber and other growers expand their production and businesses. There were land reclamation projects to improve the agricultural terraces on the steep slopes of the hills and mountains in Al-Dayer district. Smart irrigation systems were fitted to make the most of limited water resources. Nutrients and high-quality fertilizers were added to the soil. Farmers were given training in the latest cultivation techniques and provided with tools. Seedlings were provided by the project partner, the Jazan Mountains Development Authority. And experts were brought in to help raise product quality.
“Farmers were facing struggles in my area and Aramco has been a great supporter,” says Jaber. “Their amazing initiative has increased my interest in expanding my craft to eventually have more seedlings and even a mini factory.
“This is the ambition that Aramco has encouraged us to have.”
Aramco has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a center dedicated to coffee development in the Kingdom, the National Coffee Development Center (NCDC). The Center aims to elevate the coffee industry and support local farmers by improving farming methods and techniques, increasing production efficiency and income and lifting local and global awareness on Saudi coffee beans.