Report on Tabseel in Sultanate

Muscat, Many of the Sultanate’s governorates are witnessing the harvest and Tabseel season of al Mabsali palm trees and other varieties of palm trees in a social and economic activity, full of authentic traditional customs that Omanis have maintained in their care and attention for the palm tree.

The word “Tabseel” refers to a kind of a date palm tree called “Al Mabsali”, which dates are cooked after their color turn yellow and become “busra”, before it begins to turn to ripe dates “Rattab”, which is characterized by a large size.

The season of the harvest and Tabseel of Al Mabsali palm trees, the main kind of date palm trees for the production of Al Busoor, and other varieties of dates such as Al Madlouki and Abu Naranja, this year began in late June after the end of the harvest of Al Naghal date palm trees amid a large family and youth interaction. The preparations and ceremonial manifestations vary in many governorates.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry Affirms to Oman News Agency (ONA) that it continues its approach and the role it plays in receiving Al Busoor harvest every year in the Ministry’s warehouses in Al Wadi Al Kabir from the various governorates of the Sultanate that produce the Omani Busoor. It provides subsidy to farmers supplying their crops, as well as the subsidies to farmers who will export their Al Busoor products for the year 2018 to the foreign markets directly in a bid to encourage them to find alternative and new markets where the product is marketed.

The ministry has started preparing to receive this year’s crops from farmers, by preparing, cleaning, and spraying with pesticides the warehouses in Al Wadi Al Kabir.

The Ministry has set July 1st, 2018 as a date for the tender for handling and supplying of Al Busoor of 2018, with the aim of contracting with one of the local establishments to carry out the loading and unloading operations of the Ministry’s warehouses and purifying them of impurities and refilling them in new bags in preparation for their export.

As of 31/12/2017, the Ministry completed receiving the last year’s crops of the three types (Al Mabsali, Al Madlouki and Abu Naranja). The number of suppliers reached (438) suppliers with a weight of (2266 tons and 546kg), worth RO 769,142.

The commission for Al Busoor handling and supplying tender amounted to RO 42,311. In addition, the company which purchased the Al Busoor of 2017 marketed and exported 321 tons and 597 kg. The company paid RO 306,060 for the purchase of Al Busoor.

In 2017, large quantities were exported by the farmers in their own way without being supplied to the Ministry’s warehouses. The total export amount was 585 tons and 564 kg with a total value of RO 36,597. All financial dues of the government subsidies to the exporting farmers were delivered directly to them, amounting to RO 62 and 500 baisas per ton.

The Ministry stresses the need for farmers to strive to increase the export of their Al Busoor products for this year and the coming years in their own way because of its positive and economic return for them and the crop. It also affirms to the farmers who will export their products from this year’s crops, that they will get the government subsidy of RO 62,500 per ton.

Source: Oman News Agency

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