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MoAF calls on SMEs to take part in Omani Dates Festival

MoAF calls on SMEs to take part in Omani Dates Festival

The ministry has set some situations for the participants. The participant should be an Omani operating in the field of dates production. He should show the 2019 crop and pack it according to specifications. Anyone who desires to participate ought to fill a kind accessible at www.maf.gov.om/dates

The ministry announced that date production in the sultanate elevated in 2018 compared to 2017. According to MoAF statistics the sultanate created 369,000 tonnes of dates in 2018 compared to 361,000 tonnes in 2017. The production in 2016 was 355,000 tonnes.

In 2015, it was 344,000 tonnes. In 2018, Rustaq created the maximum dates with 37,000 tonnes followed by 33,000 tonnes in Sohar, 24,000 tonnes in the wilayat of Ibri, 18,000 tonnes in Suwaiq and 17,000 tonnes in the wilayat of Mudhaibi.

The ministry stated the Naghal date selection saw the highest production at 36,000 tonnes followed by 34,000 tonnes of Al Khasab dates, 33,000 tonnes of Al Khalas, 32,000 tonnes of Al Mabsali, and 29,000 tonnes of Umm al Sala. The ministry is implementing a national method for the promotion of date palms. It contains the distribution of a lot more than 725,000 seedlings to farmers in numerous governorates of the sultanate.

The project aims at replacing low-top quality palm trees with higher productivity and top quality plants, and re-organisation of palm tree planting in villages and agricultural locations.

The ministry has currently implemented a project to raise productivity, seeking at the horticultural elements in order to improve the productivity of palm trees. ‘This project has been implemented in 79 date producing villages in 34 wilayats across the sultanate. More than 1,100 farmers have benefited from the project,’ stated the ministry.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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