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Oman targets 3-fold jump in wheat production to 7,000 tonnes

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MUSCAT: The Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, is targeting an impressive three-fold increase in the cultivation of wheat to around 7,000 tonnes in 2023, up from 2,167 tonnes in 2022.

According to an official source at the Ministry, the anticipated upturn in wheat cultivation is driven by two three objectives: strengthening food security, supporting the sustainable development of the agriculture sector, and unlocking new income streams for Omani farmers.

To help achieve this ambitious production target for the year, land allocated for wheat cultivated has more than doubled to 6,000 acres, up from 2,422 acres in 2022, the official said.

Wheat farmers expected to contribute to this ramped-up output will number around 1,900 farmers distributed across various parts of the country.

Significantly, a budget of RO 5 million has been earmarked for the current year to fuel the revival of wheat cultivation in Oman, according to the official source. This allocation is intended to support three key goals: R&D (The Ministry has been striving to introduce and promote high-yielding wheat varieties; Wheat cultivation expansion (In governorates with favourable conditions, such as abundant water, fertile soil, and a suitable climate, the Ministry is spearheading the growth of wheat farming.

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Contract farming is also being encouraged to diversify the landscape); and Marketing strategy (The Ministry is strategically renewing its support agreement with the Oman Flour Mills to ensure robust marketing channels for these emerging crops.)

Importantly, the Ministry’s commitment to the Omani farming community goes beyond the mere cultivation of wheat, the official explains.

“Farmers also receive vital financial assistance from the Ministry to purchase seeds, fertilizers, and other essential inputs. The Ministry also provides technical guidance through its extension services, including training on sustainable farming practices, effective pest and disease management, and savvy marketing strategies.

Additionally, the Ministry actively encourages farmers to adopt cutting-edge technologies such as drip irrigation and precision farming to improve productivity.”

By investing in sustainable agricultural practices and supporting local farmers, the government is creating a more resilient food system that will benefit Oman for years to come, the official added in conclusion.

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