Oman banks on aquaculture to boost income
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.