The pact was signed by the Directorate General for One Million Date Palm Trees Project, the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) and the University of Arizona in the US.
The signing ceremony, held at Al Wahat Club, was held below the patronage of Sayyid Dr Fahd bin al Julanda al Said, assistant secretary common for Innovation Development at The Research Council.
The agreement was signed by Dr Saif bin Rashid al Shaqsi, director common of the One Million Date Palm Trees Project, Dr Dhafir bin Awadh al Shanfri, CEO of OAPFD and Todd Shallcross, director of Offset Projects at University of Arizona.
The Central Date Palm Tree Lab will be a centre specialising in analysis and research, applying modern day technologies, monitoring and controlling date palm tree pests, routinely evaluating the situations of date palm trees, analysing soil and irrigation water and recording environmental modifications such as heat, relative humidity and rains that impact the development of date palm trees.
It will have 3 departments in the very first stage, namely the plant protection analysis division, the horticulture analysis division and the biochemistry analysis division. The quantity of departments is anticipated to improve to seven in the future.
The signing ceremony was attended by their highnesses, their excellencies, representatives from the US and Turkish embassies and these involved in the project.
Information Source: Muscat Daily