The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has said that dates production in the sultanate increased in 2019 compared to 2018 and 2017. According to MoAF statistics, the sultanate produced 377,000 tonnes of dates in 2019, 369,000 tonnes in 2018 and 361,000 tonnes in 2017.
The production in 2016 was 355,000 tonnes. Speaking to Muscat Daily, an official at the ministry, said “In 2019, Rustaq produced the maximum dates at 38,000 tonnes followed by Sohar (34,000 tonnes), Ibri (25,000 tonnes) and Suwaiq and Mudhaibi (18,000 tonnes each).
He stated that Naghal dates saw the highest production at 37,000 tonnes followed by Al Khasab and Al Khalas (35,000 tonnes each), Al Mabsali (33,000 tonnes) and Umm al Sala (30,000 tonnes).
The ministry is implementing a national strategy for the promotion of date palms. It includes the distribution of more than 725,000 seedlings to farmers in various governorates.
The project aims at replacing low-quality palm trees with high productivity and quality ones, and re-organisation of palm tree planting in villages and agricultural areas. The ministry has already implemented a project to raise productivity, looking at the horticultural aspects.
“This project has been implemented in 79 villages in 34 wilayats across the sultanate. More than 1,100 farmers have benefitted from the project,” said the official.
He said that there are 7.6mn palm trees in agricultural holdings, 800,000 palm trees in home gardens, and 100,000 in public places in the country.