A senior Oman Fisheries official told Muscat Daily that the company planned the move well in advance so as to meet the summer shortfall.
“Preparation began a couple of months ago and we started stocking some of the popular varieties in our new cold storage facility in Barka, and also in the existing one in Muttrah. Delivery has now begun, with refrigerated trucks being sent to eight different zones.”
A network of shops has been identified at 40 locations to supply stocks covering the majority of Oman. The official said that the stock includes popular fish like kingfish, the price of which increased by 500bz in June as compared to May, according to the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF).
Other varieties include tuna, sailfish, barracuda and croaker. “These will be available at special Ramadan prices in major markets and also at the company's outlets in Muttrah, Ghala, Al Ashkarah, Masirah, Salalah and Buraimi,” the official said.
He hoped that with the added supply, people will be able to get their daily requirement of fish at reasonable rates throughout Ramadan.
Due to a shortage of popular varieties, H E Dr Fuad bin Jaafar bin Mohammed al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, in May imposed a ban on the export of tuna, kingfish, sahwa, washran, sal, khayit, hamam, kafdar, talah, ghazal, debs, habs, kofdar talah and kofar fishes from June 1-September 15.
In an earlier decision, the Minister had banned exports of some varieties for six months in December last year.