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Volunteers reach out to farmers in cyclone-hit areas

26 Oct 2021 By MOHAMMED TAHA

Muscat – A group of volunteers has launched a special programme to reach out to farmers in North Batinah impacted by the devastation caused by tropical cyclone Shaheen recently.

Hamed al Ruhaili, founder of an initiative called ‘Habbat Ghiras al Batinah’, said that some concerned people – disturbed by hardships brought upon people in the aftermath of the cyclone – started working together on October 18 to distribute fruit seedlings among farmers to overcome the crisis.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Ruhaili said, “More than 10,000 seedings of palm, lemon, mango, etc will be collected from all over Oman through a network of individual volunteers, nurseries and the Omani Agriculture Association.”

Noting that the cyclone destroyed many farms, and some places were completely destroyed in North Batinah, Ruhaili informed that the initiative “will support farmers in the affected wilayats such as Khabourah and Suwaiq”.

The initiative has so far succeeded in collecting 5,000 seedlings and will continue its mission till November 3 so as to collect the maximum number of seedlings possible, he said.

“The Omani Agriculture Association, in cooperation with volunteer teams, will distribute the seedlings among affected farmers.”

Ruhaili informed that a short video was made about the initiative and used in social media to create awareness. “It generated a great response from the public.”

Ruhaili hopes that businessmen and owners of private companies come forward to support their initiative.

“We will launch another initiative to support livestock owners who have been affected in these areas. There are many breeders who have lost their livestock.”

Those who wish to volunteer or donate seedlings can contact 95075300 or 95237300.

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