Oman’s cultivable area up 7.9% in 2018, says NCSI
Oman witnessed a 7.9 per cent increase in cultivated land area in 2018 at 25,000 acres as compared to the previous year, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) figures.
Statistics show that perennial fodder crops accounted for the largest area of cultivated land (118,895 acres) with a total production of 1,648,471 tonnes. This was followed by fruit crops which were cultivated on 76,742 acres with a production of 459,695 tonnes. Meanwhile, 817,940 tonnes of vegetables were grown on 53,457 acres and field crops on 10,163 acres.
Crop production also increased in 2018 compared to 2019, NCSI numbers show. Vegetable production stood at 814,570 tonnes in 2017 as compared to 817,940 in 2018; fruit production stood at 450,819 tonnes in 2017 as compared to 459,695 tonnes in 2018; field crop production stood at 18,943 tonnes in 2017 as compared to 25,008 tonnes in 2018 and perennial fodder crops production stood at 2,622, 498 tonnes in 2017 as compared to 2,951,113 tonnes in 2018.
The other important cultivation in the sultanate included that of coconuts and bananas.
According to NCSI, Oman produced 6,640 tonnes of coconuts on 1,510 acres in 2018 and 1,826 tonnes of bananas on 3,710 acres.