The initiative is element of the ministry’s efforts to minimize the gap among neighborhood production and import of fruits to the sultanate. Frequent irrigation also reduces soil salinity, a function that is common of dry places. More than 92,000 seedlings have been distributed to farmers in 2018 alone according to the ministry.
Speaking to Muscat Daily an official supply at MoAF mentioned, “The Directorate General of Agricultural and Livestock Research distributed 92,201 agricultural seedlings to farmers in distinct components of the sultanate in 2018.
“The ministry distributed 63,095 lemons, 6,557 coconuts, 6,500 mangoes, 2,419 papayas, 1,800 figs, 1,700 quince and 10,130 other fruit varieties.”
Talking about the function of nurseries, he mentioned, “The ministry has five plant nurseries in Sohar, Barka, Salalah, Al Kamil W’al Wafi, and one in Jemah, in which fruits such as local lemons, mangoes, oranges, sidr, bananas, figs, mandarins, white and red grapefruits and papaya are produced every year.”
Nurseries also play an essential function in controlling plant illness such as the Witches’ Broom Disease that specifically impacts Omani lemons. The ministry has distributed a lot more than 1,000 banana saplings in the Dhofar governorate. “These varieties are characterised by their good productivity,” mentioned the official at the ministry.
Information Source: Muscat Daily