Muscat Daily

Workshop held to fight Parthenium in Dhofar

- Our Correspond­ent

As part of its efforts to eradicate the invasive species Parthenium in Dhofar, the Environmen­t Authority, in cooperatio­n with its partners from government agencies and the private sector, held a workshop on the authority’s office premises on Sunday.

The Parthenium plant is harmful to nature, causes soil erosion and has the ability to grow in large areas.

Dr Ahmed bin Mohsin al Ghassani, chairman of Dhofar Municipali­ty, said that the field team has made great efforts in the past to eliminate the plant. “Official efforts joined together with community efforts in most regions of Dhofar to eradicate and remove it from various residentia­l and pastoral areas, in an attempt to protect Dhofar’s environmen­t from harmful invasive plant species, and to reduce impact of this plant on the environmen­t,” he said.

Dr Ali al Subhi from Sultan Qaboos University gave a presentati­on on the preparatio­n of a map of the spread of the plant in Dhofar governorat­e.

H E Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, recently issued Ministeria­l Decision No 189/2020 to form a joint working group to deal with the Parthenium plant in the governorat­e.

The team undertakes research study on the invasive species, the mechanism of dealing with it, and will coordinate with the private sector to ensure the integratio­n of community efforts.

The team, headed by Dr Ghassani, includes a number of officials and experts.

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Dr Ahmed al Ghassani

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