Licences issued for poultry projects witnessed an increase in 2019 as compared to the previous year.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF), 556 licences were issued to livestock and poultry enterprises in the sultanate as compared to 509 in 2018.
MoAF confirmed that most licences were issued for poultry projects (278).
Dr Nasser bin Ali al Araimi, director of Livestock Control and Licensing Department at the ministry, said, “The 278 licences granted for the year 2019 were for firms in various governorates with majority of them for poultry projects to produce white meat. Another 54 licences were issued for manual poultry slaughterhouses while two were given for automatic poultry slaughterhouses among others.”
“The licences for such projects are aimed at expanding the local production of red and white meat and dairy products. It will also reduce import of epidemic diseases.”
MoAF has developed a plan of action for animal sector in the sultanate which includes implementation of control programmes and field inspections with follow-up and verification to see if the laws, regulations and technical requirements are being adhered to.
Araimi said the ministry is also working to enhance the effectiveness of preventive bio security measures to ensure the safety of animal and veterinary products and facilities.