The Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning has signed an agreement with farmer Ali Nasser Salem al Rasbi to plant 100 acres of Omani figs in the administrative division of Al Kamil W’al Wafi in the South Sharqiyah governorate.
Rasbi commented: “The agreement is a good step to support Omani farmers. We will plant 100 acres of Omani figs in the next five years.” Elaborating on the agreement, Rasbi informed that 60,000 fig trees would be planted in this period, which will produce 40 to 45 tons of figs monthly.
“The project aims to diversify the types of fruits in Oman, achieve self-sufficiency and generate enough produce for export, in addition to providing job opportunities. We expect production to start two years after implementation of the project.”
“My farm is spread over 40 acres on which we grow mangoes, lemons and oranges, besides figs. In the first year, I planted 6,000 fig seedlings. Next season, I expanded by growing 5,000 more seedlings. My farm currently has an annual production of around 50 tons of figs.”
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