'We have a plan to phase out all the production of water intensive crops in order to preserve water,' Abdullah bin Abdul-Rahman al-Husayen told reporters on the sidelines of an industry conference in Dubai.
Agriculture accounts for 66 per cent of human water consumption worldwide, according to the World Water Council. And in Saudi Arabia where the resource is already scarce, the government is towards more conservation in the agriculture sector.
The kingdom needs around 2.6 million tonnes of wheat annually, and the government said last year it would rely entirely on wheat imports by 2016.
'Imports and growing water intensive crops outside Saudi is a more feasible option for us,' said Husayen.
So far foreign investors have acquired some 15-20 million hectares of farmland in poorer countries since 2006, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute.