Seminar on Small Water Desalination Units for Sustainable Agricultural Development Kicks off in Barka

Dr. Fuad bin Jaafar al-Sagwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries inaugurated today at Al Nahdha Resort in the Wilayat of Barka, a two-day seminar on Small Water Desalination Units for Sustainable Agricultural Development (Opportunities and Challenges).

The seminar will discuss the experiences of the GCC countries and Spain in water desalination and wastewater disposal technologies by specialists from inside and outside the Sultanate.

The seminar will focus on small desalination units for sustainable agricultural development out of the belief of the Oman Water Society (OWS) to exchange knowledge and expertise in this field. It also seeks to identify constraints and propose solutions for the use of renewable energies and good waste management by raising awareness and improving capacities to achieve better results in desalination.

In a press statement on the sidelines of the opening of the seminar, Dr. Fuad bin Jaafar al-Sagwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries said, ” The topic of the seminar discusses the establishment of small desalination stations and the Ministry of Agriculture is with this approach and we have already adopted more than one project in the past as we distributed desalination stations and a set of guidelines to farmers to appropriately use these stations without harming the agricultural lands. We also adopted a very large project with the Research Council (TRC) and the Agricultural and Fisheries Development Fund for the establishment of large stations for the production of low-cost water for agriculture.”

He stressed that the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is looking for innovative solutions, especially in the technical treatments of the producing of arable water at low cost, which is very necessary for the sustainability of agricultural land.

He pointed out, ” The ministry has already supported the small stations, as 80 stations provided support to farmers to promote the idea of using desalination stations to produce water and maintain agricultural land because the food security is of primary importance to us and the sustainability of agricultural land is important for us. However, today we talk about a larger stage to establish larger stations with large capacity and the production of large quantities of water. We rely on the seminar and the scientific research project to obtain indicators on a larger project with private sector investment and farmers in particular.

Dr. Mohammed Abdul Hamid Dawood, Water Resources Advisor, Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi, presented a paper on small-scale solar water desalination and focused on the importance of innovation and feasibility. A paper by Dr. Ibrahim al-Moataz of Saudi Arabia discussed reducing water flow and enhancing the productivity of reverse osmosis using vibrating membranes.

Source: Oman News Agency