The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Water Resources ( MAFWR) , announced 25 investment opportunities for the establishment and management of fish markets and landing centers in various provinces in Oman with a total investment value of RO 9 million.
The initiative is in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning and aims to attract private sector participation in investment projects, provide essential services, and achieve a return on investment.
In an interview with ONA, Khaled bin Salem al Amri, Head of the Fishery Investment Department at the General Directorate for Agricultural and Fish Marketing in MAWFR, highlighted the benefits of investing in fish markets. These advantages encompass the effective utilization of existing market infrastructure owned by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Water Resources. The initiative also aims to encourage private sector investment in crucial services that support the fishing sector, create employment opportunities for Omani youth, and foster partnerships with the private sector for the development and enhancement of supporting services provided by the ministry.
Additionally he noted that these opportunities will improve the quality of fish products. Explaining that fish collection centers will provide necessary services such as sorting, cleaning, and packaging of fresh fish, establishing a public auction system for fish, and facilitating the monitoring of seasons for harvesting certain aquatic resources.
Al Amri highlighted five investment opportunities have been presented for establishing fish collection centers in various regions, including the Taywi area in the Wilayat of Sur, the Saqalah area in the Wilayat of Jalan Bani Bu Ali, the Juwairah area in the Wilayat of Jalan Bani Bu Hassan, the Hadbin area, and another center in the Wilayat of Sadah.
Furthermore, an investment oppunritty for the management and operation of the
the fish market at the Al Seeb Fishing Port has also been offered according to the official. The port, which is 80 per cent complete, covers an area of 7,000 square meters and will include 12 shops, a quality control laboratory, an ice production factory, and cooling storage rooms, among other facilities.
Additionally, he shared that investment opportunities also include the management and operation of the fish aggregation center in Al-Shuwaymiyah in the Wilayat of Shuwaymiyah, and the islands of Al-Halaniyat for wholesale fish display and sale on an area of 5,000 square meters. Additionally, opportunities are presented for the management and operation of fish markets in the Wilayats of Barka and Samail in the Madra region.
Al Amri further noted that various investment opportunities have been offered for fish markets, including the establishment, management, and operation in several regions, such as the creation and management of fish and vegetable markets, fruit and meat markets, poultry markets, and other investment projects in the Wilayat of Al Amerat. Opportunities also include the establishment and management of fish markets in the Wilayats of Al-Buraimi and the village of Bseya in the Wilayat of Bahla, as well as the establishment of a wholesale market in the Wilayat of Sinaw.