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"Aquaculture, not the Internet, represents the most promising investment opportunity of the 21st Century."

- Peter Drucker, Management Expert & Economist


Oman satser 'hårdt' på ekspansion i opdræt

OMAN - Oman is embarking on an ambitious aquaculture development programme, primarily coastal, for food security, generation of employment opportunities and extra export income, targeting the adjacent countries in the region.
The government has already taken many preliminary steps towards this development strategy and is determined to make it sustainable and environmentally friendly and most of all not repeat the mistakes that had occurred, too often elsewhere.

Among the steps taken to meet its strategic plans it has already identified coastal sites in eight regions, having taken into consideration all relevant climatic, topographical, water quality characteristics and social issues, to be allocated for aquaculture development in each, and made this information available in the Atlas of Suitable Sites for Aquaculture Projects, Sultanate of Oman.

In addition, the government has custom built a state of the art Aquaculture Center, which will coordinate the envisaged activities and act as the main research provider, including demonstration units, and proceeded to formulate guidelines for prospective investors to bit for the proposed sites, spelt out in the Investment Guidelines. The aquaculture centre has proceeded to prepare and distribute information profile booklets on species suitable for the designated areas.

As a prelude the Sultanate of Oman convened the first ever conference on aquaculture, "International Conference on Sustainable Aquaculture Development in the Sultanate of Oman- Investment Opportunities", which brought together specialists in various sectors from all over the globe (Australia, Italy-FAO, Norway, US, UK, New Zealand, Viet Nam etc.), prospective local and foreign investors on 10 - 11 December in Muscat.

The aquaculture development strategy was floated at this Conference. The Conference was presided by His Excellency the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Wealth, Dr Fuad Jaffer Al-Sajwani, and the government's commitment to the proposed development was most evident by the fact that his Excellency was in attendance throughout the two days of the conference and led the final discussions sessions. The keynote speaker at the conference was the former Director General of NACA, Professor Sena S De Silva, who spoke on "Current trends in commercial aquaculture n Asia & relevance to emerging aquaculture nations"

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