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Pact signed to improve agri production

28 Dec 2021 Pact signed to improve agri production By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) signed an agreement with a private company on Tuesday to develop agricultural production in greenhouses.

The agreement aims to facilitate joint research experiments to improve agricultural production using hydroponics technique under greenhouse conditions.

Hydroponic agriculture allows farmers to grow crops in a controlled environment. They can grow crops that are not suited to a particular climate. A key aspect to this is being able to maintain a stable root zone temperature that promotes healthy growth and oxygen retention in the nutrient solution in which crops are grown.

In April 2021, MAFWR started building three hydroponic greenhouses with cooling systems in the Lima area of the wilayat of Khasab in Musandam governorate. These greenhouses are part of the Integrated Farming Project in Lima, which aims to grow various vegetable crops, including cucumber, tomato, pepper and zucchini.

Additionally, in October 2021, the ministry signed five usufruct contracts worth more than RO3mn with private sector companies to enhance food security.

These include a usufruct contract for poultry farming in the wilayat of Khasab in Musandam, and another to raise livestock in the wilayat of Dhank in Dhahirah.

One contract was for wheat production in the wilayat of Thumrait in Dhofar, and one more for a fig tree plantation project in the wilayat of Al Kamel W’Al Wafi in South Sharqiyah.

In December 2021 MAFWR signed five agreements worth RO3.581mn with local investors. The projects will be spread over an area of 1.470mn sqm.

The agreements include a project called Desert Oasis for production of non-traditional vegetables and fruits and field crops, a green house project and a banana production project in the wilayat of Suwaiq, an integrated tourist farm in the wilayat of Bidiyah, and a broiler breeding project in the wilayat of Mahdah.

A Food Security Laboratory was held from September 5 to 30 during which MAFWR announced 128 projects worth RO1.3bn. These projects will be implemented in the next five years.

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