Sultanate’s fish output rose by 40 per cent

MUSCAT: Oman continues to implement a number of important projects to enhance food security in accordance with the integrated plans and studies.

This was stated by Dr Fuad bin Jaafar al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, in a statement to Oman News Agency. He added that it also seeks to find the type of environment in the Sultanate to avoid the impact of any crisis in the food sector at the global level.

Dr Sajwani said: “We currently produce one-third of the Sultanate’s food needs and there is self-sufficiency in fish as the production has reached 210,000 tonnes, an increase of 40 per cent over the past four years, in addition to self sufficiency in some agricultural products and dates.

“The country produces a third of the required quantities of poultry and around 45 per cent of eggs”.

He said that the ministry is working to enhance food security through four themes including increase in domestic production of white and red meat, eggs, milk, fish, and building storage capacity.

The minister affirmed that the country has enough reserves of food stocks and can supply to all governorates of the Sultanate in case of any crisis and this enables the country to keep the prices under control.

SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER

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