Fisheries production in Oman increases by 21%

H E Dr Hamed Said al Aufi (left) at a recent event (Muscat Daily)

Muscat - 

Fisheries production in the sultanate has increased 21 per cent in 2012 compared to 2011, according to H E Dr Hamed Said al Aufi, Undersecretary for Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

“We targeted to increase fisheries production by three to four per cent, but we were able to achieve a 21 per cent increase, which is a huge improvement and way beyond what had been planned for,” H E Dr Aufi said.

“The value of fish, which we call gate price, has also increased by 16 per cent in 2012 compared to 2011," he added.

Here too, MoAF has achieved more than three times of its target.

H E Dr Aufi said, “We targeted just a five per cent increase. We have been able to achieve this due to the combined effort of the government, fishermen and the industry, and due to the commitment of MoAF and other government organisations that support the fisheries sector."

He added that the collaboration between the government and the private sector too has contributed to achieving positive figures.

MoAF hopes that the growth continues in 2013, which will in turn help develop the fisheries sector by focusing on food security and increased production.

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