September 2019, Muscat, (ONA): The Sultanate of Oman celebrated Arab Agriculture Day, which annually falls on the 27th of September, with other members of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD)
On this momentous occasion, Oman’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, along with a number of local agricultural organizations and associations, set to organize several events, such as seminars and lectures in schools and in colleges. In addition, they held specialized meetings with farmers and beekeepers to highlight the importance of the agricultural sector of the Sultanate.
Oman was represented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and therefore implemented different types of agricultural and fisheries projects. Furthermore, general policies of agricultural, animal and fishery sectors were determined and aimed at increasing production, as well as enhancing food security in the country.
According to official statistics, the Sultanate’s food production has increased from 3.2 million tons in 2017 to 3.8 million tons in 2018, achieving an unprecedented growth rate of 17.2%, while the value of local food production has increased from 44% to 50% between 2015 to 2018, respectively.
The self-sufficiency ratios of most of the food commodities produced in the Sultanate has increased to 79% of the total produced and imported food products, including fish, dates, vegetables, fruit, milk, red meat, poultry meat, eggs and honey. Meanwhile, the Sultanate ranked third in Gulf & Arab countries and the twenty-eighth globally in self-sufficiency of food in 2018.