The Ministry of Agricultural and Fisheries Wealth and Resources inaugurated this Thursday morning the Fishermen’s Village project in the Wilayat of Masirah under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Yahya bin Bader Al Mawali, Governor of South Al Sharqiya.
The project funded by the Agricultural and Fisheries Development Fund is one of the development projects that contribute to supporting and empowering the Omani fisherman and developing the fish sector, which is considered One of the main sectors in promoting economic diversification programs in the Sultanate of Oman.
His Excellency Dr Yahya bin Bader Al Mawali, the sponsor of the ceremony and the attendees toured the project site, where His Excellency was briefed on the facilities of the village, which include housing, an ice factory, a mosque and other services and facilities. He met with a number of fishermen who benefited from the village and blessed them with the project, wishing them success.
At the opening, Engineer Hamad bin Rashid Al-Buraiki, Director General of Agricultural, Fisheries and Water Resources in South Al Sharqiyah Governorate, gave a speech in which he said: The Fishermen’s Village in the Wilayat of Masirah is one of the important projects that aims to provide a safe and comfortable place in which all services for fishermen meet, and to encourage young people to work in a profession Fishing.
Al-Buraiki explained that the village was established on an area of 34,000 square meters and at a financial cost of 140,000 Omani riyals. For services, the unit accommodates 12 people, with a total of 60 people.
Al-Buraiki said there are a number of investment opportunities offered by the village, which will be announced later, to ensure that all services are available near the residents of the village.
Al-Buraiki pointed out that the project contributes to providing a number of direct and indirect job opportunities in fishing aid activities, such as fish transport vehicles, fishing equipment stores, repair and maintenance workshops for boats, engines, gas stations, etc., and their policy as well in maintaining product quality through the availability of ice and control inspectors Quality and thus raising the value of the crop, which will be reflected on the income of the fisherman.
He added: The project will also facilitate the collection of statistical data and provide a database on the quantities of catch and the cost of the catch. Facilitating communication with fishermen by being in one place.
Al-Buraiki said: Fish production tripled during the years from 2016 to 2021, from 280,000 tons to 922 thousand tons, with an annual growth rate of 27%, and with it the production value doubled from 204 million OMR in 2016 to 432 million OMR in 2021. . South Al Sharqiyah Governorate is considered one of the most important coastal governorates in the Sultanate in terms of fish production, as its production constitutes between 30-40% of the total artisanal and coastal fishing in the Sultanate, which is the highest production among the coastal governorates.
The opening was attended by His Excellency Engineer Yaqoub bin Khalfan Al Busaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agricultural and Fisheries Wealth and Water Resources for Fisheries, and a number of Their Excellencies, a number of sheikhs, adults, officials, and a number of fishermen and those interested in the fish sector.
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