Muscat: Eng Sulaiman bin Mahfoudh al Tobi, Director General of Agricultural and Animal Marketing at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries confirmed that the Omani market is full with local and imported agricultural products. He added that local production of vegetables is now at its peak and at competitive prices due to low export level to neighboring countries as a result of Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
He said that the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries are continuing in cooperation with various concerned departments to supply the local market with various types of vegetables and fruits – in a way that is not affecting the Omani agricultural products – from several countries, most of which are directly imported from the countries of origin. The move comes to ensure the continuity of their availability in the local markets.
In this regard, he pointed out that during the past forty-eight hours, more than 150 agricultural shipments, with a total weight of 36,522 tonnes, were imported through land, sea and air outlets in the Sultanate, which included various types of vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes. He added that fruit, garlic, onion and potato products accounted for the highest percentage of them.
Al Tobi stressed that the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is working to follow up on agricultural exports and imports to meet the needs of the Omani market, in integration with local agricultural products during the coming period, especially as we are heading towards the holy month of Ramadan. –ONA