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Oman exhibition showcases global innovations, advances

4 Dec 2023 Exhibition showcases global innovations, advances in agri, fisheries sectors By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Oman AgroFood 2023, the Fifth International Exhibition for Agriculture, Food and Aquaculture, commenced on Monday at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre and will continue till Wednesday.

Inaugurated by H E Dr Saud Hamoud al Habsi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR), the event is a collaborative effort between International Fairs & Promotions and Al Nimr Expo.

The exhibition serves as a business platform, bringing together over 100 companies from across the globe, including China, Poland, Spain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iran, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Afghanistan, Mauritania and Indonesia. It spans diverse sectors like food, agriculture and fisheries, presenting an opportunity for visitors to explore the latest innovations and solutions.

Dr Masoud bin Sulaiman al Azri, Director General of Agricultural and Fisheries Marketing and official MAFWR spokesman, emphasised the significance of the exhibition in fostering communication and connections between Omani companies and their international counterparts. 

He highlighted its role in introducing modern technology in machinery and equipment, crucial for the development and sustainability of these sectors.

Key highlights of the exhibition include a wide array of agricultural products and equipment, poultry farm supplies, organic produce, animal feed, fertilisers, soil improvers, bee and livestock products, modern irrigation methods, greenhouse equipment, and laboratory solutions.

Sharing insights into Oman’s wheat cultivation programme, Majida al Habsia from the Marketing and Communications Department of Oman Flour Mills Company informed that 2,203 Omani farmers are involved in it. A total of 7,119,403 tonnes of wheat was harvested in the sultanate in the 2022/2023 season.

Ali bin Mahmoud al Tamami from Bahwan Services and Trading introduced the innovative Homeland Plants (Smart Farm) project, a pioneering initiative in the world, particularly in the Gulf countries.

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