The Palm and Dates Center in Al-Ahsa, affiliated with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, entered the Guinness Book of Records, after setting a new record.
This center includes more than 127 national and international varieties and is the largest bank of date palm germplasm in the world.
The director of the center, Eng. Khaled Al-Husseini, explained that the center is working on creating a database for date palms, rooting them and preserving them from extinction.
It also seeks to facilitate the work of physiological and morphological studies and research on these varieties and their suitability to local climatic conditions.
He stressed that this achievement is added to the nation’s numbers and achievements, and to achieve the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 in enriching the scientific aspect of researchers and specialists in agricultural affairs.
With this achievement, the total records achieved by Al-Ahsa in the “Guinness Book” are about 12 records.
He revealed that the farm will be made available to visitors and tourists, to be one of the stations of the agricultural tourism path, because of its great role in agricultural development and knowledge enrichment.
It is noteworthy that the last number registered in the Guinness Book of Records was in the name of China with only 120 items.