February 8, 2024


Topian forges strategic partnerships to boost Saudi Arabia's aquaculture sector


Topian, the NEOM food company dedicated to advancing food systems for the future, kicked off the Saudi International Marine Exhibition & Conference (SIMEC) by sealing three strategic partnership agreements aimed at bolstering Saudi Arabia's global leadership in sustainable aquaculture, Zaywa reported.


One of the key agreements was with the National Livestock and Fisheries Development Programme (NLFDP), focusing on research, technological development, and sustainable aquaculture practices in the Red Sea, along with establishing a national seafood market.


In another significant move, Topian signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pure Salmon, a global leader in land-based aquaculture, to establish a facility at NEOM, covering the entire salmon production value chain. This initiative aims to meet the high demand for salmon in the Kingdom and neighbouring countries, offering local products known for freshness, quality, and taste.

NEOM is a new urban area planned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Additionally, Topian partnered with the National Aquaculture Group (NAQUA) to contribute to the local aquaculture sector’s development and expand NAQUA's seafood products across the Saudi market.


Dr Ali Al-Shaikhi, CEO of the National Livestock and Fisheries Development Programme, said that the agreement with Topian focuses on advancing the livestock and fisheries sector through research, technological development, and innovation tailored to the Red Sea's aquaculture ecosystem.


Stephane Farouze, chairman and founder of Pure Salmon, expressed excitement about collaborating with Topian to reshape the aquaculture industry, aligning with Saudi Vision 2030's goals of innovation, sustainability, and food security.


Diego Illingworth, CEO of the National Aquaculture Group (NAQUA), highlighted the MoU's potential to enhance production methods and business strategies, focusing on efficiency and sustainability, ultimately contributing to the aquaculture sector's growth in Saudi Arabia.


Topian's aim is to drive sustainable aquaculture in the Kingdom by leveraging advanced technologies, supporting food security and self-sufficiency through local production of fresh and healthy seafood. As part of this mission, Topian recently joined the Saudi Agrifood Tech Alliance, aligning with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture's efforts to accelerate the adoption of innovative AgriFood technologies nationwide.


These partnerships underscore Topian's commitment to enhancing local fish production, reducing carbon footprint from fish imports, and contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly focusing on Life Below Water and Climate Action.


-      Zawya