Muscat – The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources signed five agreements worth RO3.581mn with local investors on Wednesday. The projects will be spread over an area of 1.470mn sqm.
On the occasion, H E Dr Saud bin Hammoud al Habsi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, said, “These proje-cts will enhance and help achieve food security. The ministry will continue to increase the number of food projects and also job opportunities for young people.”
He also informed that the ministry will work with the concerned authorities to follow up on the implementation of these projects.
The agreements include a project called Desert Oasis for production of non-traditional vegetables and fruits, field crops and grains at a cost of RO751,000. The project aims to improve self-sufficiency through the use of modern irrigation systems. The project will include establishment of a farm to produce commercial vegetables and fruits in the wilayat of Suwaiq on an area of 100 acres. An estimated production of 2,700 tonnes of figs and field crops is expected from the project annually.
Green house project
A green house project will be built on an area of 50 acres at a cost of RO280,000 in the wilayat of Suwaiq aiming to produce vegetables and fruits – 1,200 tonnes annually – in 80 greenhouses.
Integrated tourist farm
This project aims to enhance food security, increase agricultural production and rationalise water consumption. The farm will be accessible to visitors to learn about farming methods and include freshwater fish farming, hydroponic cultivation of vegetables and fruits, and seasonal fruits grown in open fields.
Located in the wilayat of Bidiyah on an area of 100 acres, the project is worth RO1.3mn. It is expected to produce 3,200 tonnes of vegetables and fruits, and 60 tonnes of fish annually.
A broiler breeding project will contribute to promoting self-sufficiency in fertilised eggs in the sultanate. An estimated 40,000 broilers will be bred in this project to produce 3.5mn fertilised eggs annually using artificial insemination technology. The project worth RO950,000 is located in the wilayat of Mahdah on 50 acres of land.
A banana plantation located in the wilayat of Suwaiq set up on an area of 50 acres at a cost of RO300,000 will produce fruit for supply to local and foreign markets. The project will produce 1,500 tonnes of the finest quality of bananas annually.