A Saudi woman in Jazan was able to overcome obstacles and achieve outstanding success in planting 100,000 banana trees, to market the products of her large-scale cultivation in southern Saudi Arabia, and she dreams of competing with Ecuador in this cultivation.
Zulekha Yahya Al-Kaabi, who owns the largest banana plantation of its kind in Saudi Arabia, told Al-Arabiya.net: I worked in many fields of agriculture, the most important of which was hydroponics, which I benefited from through my travel outside Saudi Arabia and the global agricultural experiences with feasible economic returns.
Zulekha Al Kaabi, who owns 100,000 banana trees: “We will compete with Ecuador, and my dream is for the Kingdom to become the first Arab in the cultivation of red and blue bananas” 🍌🍌#Environment Stories pic.twitter.com/6Z1wuGXFCf
– Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (@MEWA_KSA) February 4, 2021
She pointed out: “Jizan is one of the best agricultural areas in which any product can be grown, and with very excellent returns, and when I saw that the region’s climate is compatible with planting banana trees, which is similar to the climate of many countries that succeeded in producing bananas, until it was unique to cultivating red bananas for the first time in the region” .
She said, “I faced many obstacles that I was able to overcome, including the lack of manpower and the high wages, despite the fact that I ran my farm entirely in Saudi Arabia. I also addressed the problem of storms that swept through the trees at the beginning of the cultivation, in addition to the high prices of fertilizers and pesticides until all my financial resources were depleted for the success of The farm, to get to the stage of stability. “
Zulekha recounted the story of her beginning and determination to face the challenge, saying: “In my early days I planted trees myself and helped my husband and children. I sold my house that I owned, and I took an advance from people until I was able to complete my project. Jeddah, Riyadh, Eastern Province.
It indicated that it aspires to convert the farm into a tourist site, the work of the Jazan agricultural packaging plant, introductory corners inside the farm, and success stories of coffee, rice and cashew nuts, selling these products at nominal prices to tourists and investors, and introducing investment opportunities in Jizan.
The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture’s tweet praised Al-Kaabi’s experience, and quoted her as saying that she dreams of competing with Ecuador, the country in the South American continent famous for planting bananas, as Al-Kaabi farm currently produces about 20 tons of bananas, including the red banana, which is one of the bananas of limited spread, It has a taste similar to a mixture of banana and berries, and is dense in pulp, and rich in potassium.