Oman banks on aqua­cul­ture to boost in­come

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

To de­velop the fish farm­ing sec­tor, the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries (MoAF) is aim­ing to es­tab­lish sev­eral aqua­cul­ture projects in four gov­er­norates.

MoAF has al­lo­cated lo­ca­tions for these projects in Mus­cat, South Shar­qiyah, Dho­far and Al Wusta gov­er­norates. It is invit­ing com­pa­nies to in­vest in these projects for which sub­mis­sions can be made till Fe­bru­ary 27.

Speak­ing to Mus­cat Daily, an of­fi­cial in MoAF said, “The projects will come up over 496 hectares. Of these, float­ing cages will come up over 151 hectares in Ras Abu Da­wood in the wilayat of Quriyat in Mus­cat gov­er­norate, shrimp farm­ing over 159 hectares in Sarj 1 area and 159 hectares in Sarj 2 area, and hamour and kof­fer fish farm­ing over 8.4 hectares in Awrab area in the wilayat of Jalaan Bani Bu Ali in South Shar­qiyah.”

He added the min­istry will set up a kof­fer and hamour fish farm­ing project over 8.4 hectares in Hi­tam al Barr in the wilayat of Duqm, Al Wusta and a bal­loon fish farm­ing project over 11.12 hectares in the wilayat of Mir­bat, Dho­far gov­er­norate.

“The de­vel­op­ment of aqua­cul­ture in Oman will con­trib­ute to the di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of na­tional in­come sources, job cre­ation, util­i­sa­tion of un­used coastal lands. Oman’s aqua­cul­ture sec­tor is ex­pected to wit­ness a ro­bust growth and ex­pected to pro­vide 5,000 jobs by 2023,” the of­fi­cial said.

MoAF in 2017 had set up the Tan­feedh Labs for the fish­eries sec­tor with the main ob­jec­tive of in­creas­ing aqua­cul­ture pro­duc­tion to 100,000 tonnes by 2023.

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