Muscat – Oman produced 2,649 tonnes of wheat crop in the 2020-21 farming season, 19 per cent more than the 2019-20, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources.
The statistics show that the total area of farm land used for wheat plantation was 2,449 acres, and the number of farmers increased by 5.5 per cent in 2020-21.
Statistics indicate that the Governorate of Dakhliyah witnessed the highest production with 1,465.5 tonnes of wheat cultivated on 1,109.6 acres or 45 per cent of the total area of wheat cultivation in Oman, followed by 650 tonnes in Dhahirah, 360 in Dhofar, and 83.6 in North and South Batinah. The ministry stated that the average production during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons amounted to 1.1 tonnes per acre.
An official said, “The ministry has introduced modern irrigation systems. With the sprinkler system being used, a significant progress has been made in the expansion of crop cultivation and increase in its productivity.”
He added, “The sultanate is working continuously through studies and research to improve arable land which constitutes only seven per cent of the total area. The ministry has built protective walls in nearby villages adjacent to the valleys. The number of such walls implemented during the current plan is 164. The ministry has also issued a regulation prohibiting the use of agricultural lands for other purposes.”