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Shura Council Hosts Minister of Agriculture

Shura Council Hosts Minister of Agriculture

The Shura Council today held the 6th regular session of its 10th Term’s first annual convening. At the session, the Council hosted Dr. Saud Hamoud Al Habsi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources.

The session discussed the performance of the food and water security sector and its contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) within the context of the 10th Five Year Plan (2021-2025).

Dr. Saud pointed out that the Ministry embarked on measures to align its strategies with Oman Vison 2040, with emphasis on enhancing the food security system in the Sultanate of Oman.

The minister explained that the total volume of food production from plant, animal and fisheries sources increased from 3.9 million tons in 2019 to 4.7 million tons in 2022, up by 6.4 percent

The total value of food production between 2019 and 2022 grew by 9.6 percent from RO 958 million to RO 1.261 billion, he added

The minister said that public-private sector food security laboratories generated a number of agriculture, fish
eries and water investment projects that consolidate food and water security system in the Sultanate of Oman. Among those, 137 projects have been outlined and envisaged to have an investment value of approximately RO 1.656 billion. After the implementation of the next phase, the projects are expected to provide about 852,000 tons of plant, animal and fisheries products, the minister added.

The session was attended by Khalid Hilal Al Ma’awali, Chairman of the Shura Council, the Council’s members and its Secretary-General.

Source: Oman News Agency