Behar is a world leader in saline agriculture using seawater (without any treatment) for crop production. A research farm is run by the company since 1990 in Jubail Industrial City in cooperation with the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu.
Crops currently under development provide edible oil, high protein meal, biomass and forage. Behar is the first company in the world that utilized pivot irrigation to irrigate 300 hectare at Ras Al-Zawr using direct seawater with no pesticides or chemicals. Some of the products of Behar farms are exported to European supermarkets and gourmet restaurants.
In addition, to Ras-Al-Zawr, Behar started another experimental farm on the Red Sea in 1998. This farm was built as a pilot for integrated seawater farm coupled with shrimp and fish aquaculture production facility in Jizan. The waste water of aquaculture farms provide good feed water for Salicornia farms which is a halophyte plant. By coupling seawater agriculture with aquaculture, the pumping costs inherent in both activities are reduced and the production of Salicornia is much enhanced while seawater is cleaned from animal waste before returning it back to the sea.
Behar is a model technology development company, with 20 leading Saudi businessmen and various companies in partnership. Savola Co. Ltd., a prominent food producer in the Middle East, is a major shareholder of Behar. Dr. Adil Bushnak is a co-founder. He became the Chairman of Behar in 1994.