Friday, 2 Jun 2023
UK grants £200,000 for research in Oman food security project

UK grants £200,000 for analysis in Oman meals safety project

The analysis aims to discover out the challenges and different techniques to develop crops in the sultanate.

A two-day symposium with concentrate on the concern started at Crowne Plaza Muscat on Monday. Themed, ‘Innovation in Government and Society’, the symposium is becoming organised in collaboration with the UK Embassy in the sultanate, British Council Oman, The Research Council (TRC), and Sultan Qaboos University (SQU).

The forum is becoming held below the patronage of H E Dr Ahmed bin Nasser al Bakri, Undersecretary for Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The forum welcomed scientists from different universities, analysis institutions, government entities and established business professionals from the Gulf nations and the UK.

Duncan Cameron, professor of Plant and Soil Biology at Royal Society, University Research Fellow of The University of Sheffield mentioned, “We set up the Oman atmosphere in our labs in the university and replicated the climate to see the biological and ecological challenges. We created ultra-sustainable infrastructure and green homes that will aid agriculture in this component of the globe.

“Our experiments have been successful and we have started making a similar green house in Sohar University. The work is in progress and will be ready by next month. The crops will be many from vegetables to fruits. We are looking for a soil-free cultivation with a foam-based base with specific natural chemicals that will aid cultivation.”

Professor Cameron confirmed that meals made in Oman with these experiments will be nutritious and will not compromise with taste and smell.

Suzanne Jones, programme director, Gulf Science Innovation and Knowledge Economy mentioned, “The grant that was given a year back is doing fine and researchers are doing well. By next year the paper will be presented for further recommendations and ideas. The UK government wants the country to become the go-to place for researchers, innovators and investors across the world.”

Paul Hilder, director, British Council Oman, mentioned, “The Science Collaboration Forum is an important event bringing people together from different industries to share knowledge and ideas, which will be useful to Oman, other GCC countries and the UK. The British Council Oman is proud to be associated with this programme and to see how scientists from the UK and Oman are collaborating to solve shared global challenges.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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