Muscat – In a project that integrates modern with traditional farming techniques, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources is implementing an integrated irrigation system in Al Sa’ara Falaj and Al Buraimi Falaj, at a cost of RO1.7mn, in Buraimi governorate.
Eng Nasser bin Ali al Murshudi, director general of the Directorate General of Agriculture and Water Resources in Buraimi governorate, said that the idea behind the project is to improve water management for the aflaj.
“This is needed to better control the distribution of water for agricultural crops according to the actual needs of each crop through a network of modern irrigation systems, and reducing water losses.
“This will increase the agriculture area, which will further lead to an increase in agricultural productivity, both quantitatively and qualitatively.”
The project includes construction of collection tanks, made up of reinforced concrete below the ground to collect falaj water.
“Forty-five tanks are envisaged with different capacities, including a main tank with a capacity of 500,000m3 and three tanks with a capacity of 20,000m3. This is in addition to four fully-equipped control rooms designed to safely manage and operate the modern irrigation system.”
Eng Murshudi added that the project aims to preserve the existing crops, increase the economic income of the farms, raise productivity, improve the quality of the crop structure and reduce the costs of production requirements.