Oman’s cul­tivable area up 7.9% in 2018, says NCSI

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

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.

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