The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has taken several measures to provide fish to consumers after markets had to be closed due the coronavirus outbreak, said H E Dr Saud bin Hamoud al Habsi, Undersecretary of the ministry.
Accordingly, 300 online platforms are there to facilitate the sale of fish. H E Dr Habsi said, “There are vigorous measures put in place by the ministry to check the availability of fish in the local markets. Some markets have been closed to limit the spread of the pandemic in the sultanate.
There is a special programme for the holy month of Ramadan to provide fish in the regions. Companies have pledged to ensure the provision of fish at suitable prices; prices are monitored daily to ensure that fish is available at reasonable price to all consumers.”
While 300 online platforms facilitate the sale of fish, some 41 companies are committed to providing fish in all the wilayats of Oman. ‘We launched the Behar platform (behar.market) to buy fish from the central fish market in Al Fulaij. It is an integrated electronic platform with sales via remote auction, with the aim of reducing the risks of crowding during the COVID-19 outbreak,” added H E Habsi.
Good response Some 157 companies have registered on the Behar platform in 25 days since its launch, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The ministry, in cooperation with the Oman Technology Fund, launched the platform to buy fish from the central fish market in Al Fulaij.
The ministry stated that the platform witnessed a good response from people. The platform registered 156 companies, 34 buyers and 42 sellers. ‘Sales amounted to 70,172kg with 1,374 deals. Some 125,507kg were offered on the platform which received 7,307 visitors.’