By Mohammed al Alawi -
MUSCAT — The farming sector in the Sultanate is poised for further development and set to give a new impetus to the national economy and generating job opportunities.
Al Hosn Company for Investment recently signed at InterContinental Hotel the Convention of Establishing Greenhouses project (hydroponic) which will be implemented by two Spanish companies (MSC Fabricas Agri Colas and Zeta Almatea), which have a long history and international experience in the implementation of greenhouses.
The project extends over 12 hectares of agricultural land to cultivate fruit and vegetables using the latest irrigation method requiring only a small amount of water compared to traditional agriculture.
European specifications are followed for the project with the difference that they are 100 per cent Omani. The products that can be exported.
Ahmed bin Rashid al Maamari, Vice-Chairman of the company Board, assured that the project is expected to be ready for operation by the end of 2012 after the company gets all the permits and approvals required.
Omar bin Abdul Aziz al Marwani, representative of Qatar Investment Company said that it is one of the pilot projects in protected vegetation and it has taken a lot of time for preparation.
It will contribute to the national economy by increasing support to food security, technology transfer, training national manpower and providing many services to farmers.
He added that Al Hosn seeks tirelessly to find investment opportunities in the Sultanate to contribute to economic development.