Plans are afoot to increase poultry production in the country ensuring food security. In the next five years, Oman is expected to add eight poultry farms with a production capacity of approximately 106,000 tonnes of white meat per year.
While it will add another four with a production capacity of about 1,010mn eggs per year, and other four farms with a production capacity of about 195mn fertilised eggs per year.
The sultanate produced 129,000 tonnes of poultry meat, and imported 138,000 tonnes in 2018 to meet the needs of the population, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
The ministry confirmed that the sultanate produces 427mn eggs annually and relies on imports to meet the needs of shortages in production. It imported 421mn eggs in 2018.
An official source at the ministry said, “The sultanate is keen on developing the poultry industry sector by encouraging investment to achieve high levels of self-sufficiency in poultry products, creating job opportunities for citizens.
“The ministry issued 352 licences for poultry projects and activities in 2019.”
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