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Oman... Government keen to support SMEs in farm, fisheries sector

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Sultanate is making unremitting efforts in support of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in agriculture and fisheries sector through the adoption of several strategies in support of the implementation of the projects in that area.

Dr Khalid bin Mansoor Al Zadjali, Director-General of Planning and Development at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries told the Oman News Agency (ONA) that the Ministry submitted a project based on the principle of creating a complex of integrated small and medium agricultural and fish projects, consisting of 50 farms (10 acres each ) in the first stage, adding that the project will contribute to the increase of production of fresh water fish and farm crops, noting that the first batch of these farms will be module and training one that can be utilised and generalised to the Sultanate's governorates.

He added that the project is to establish small farms with complementary projects for fish farming and agriculture as vegetables and other agricultural products which will increase the benefit from the available resources available, using simple techniques that have proven useful.

He added that these projects are new opportunities for investment in SMEs contributing to diversifying the skills of food production leading to increased income from agricultural activity and thus contributing to the promotion of food security system.

Times of Oman - 29, Dec 2013