Muscat – The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) on Thursday signed three agreements for the development of the fisheries sector, worth RO5.7 million.
The agreements provide for the establishment of a fish market in the wilayat of Khasab, breakwaters in the villages of Al Jari and Al Ghamda’a in the wilayat of Bukha, governorate of Musandam, as well as the design and the construction of a fishing marina in Ras al Hadd, wilayat of Sur in southern Sharqiyah.
The first agreement was signed with Sultanate Investment and Services for the construction of a fish market in the port of Khasab spread over an area of 2,386 m² over two floors at a cost of RO 3 million. The facilities will include a fish sales hall, 11 fish cutting shops, a cold store and an ice production unit.
The second agreement was signed with Khimji Ramdas Construction for the construction of breakwaters in the villages of Al Jari and Al Ghamda’a at a cost of 2.5 RO. “It is hoped that this project will provide basic services to the fishing industry in the two villages, including barges and moorings for boats, shops and service facilities,” a press release read.
The third agreement, also signed with Khimji Ramdas Construction, includes the development of a fishermen’s marina at a cost of RO247,000 in the Khor al Hajar area of Ras al Hadd, funded by the Oman LNG Development Foundation.
The development comprises several phases, starting with a study and design of the project, followed by the construction of several basic elements such as pontoons for boats, a breakwater for protection and a mooring space for fishing boats. , in addition to several services and facilities related to the fishing sector. “About 946 fishermen, 616 boats and 166 fish transport and marketing vehicles will benefit from the project.”
The agreements were signed by HE Dr. Saud Hamoud al Habsi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, and representatives of the companies involved. Present at the signing ceremony were HE Sayyid Ibrahim Saud al Busaidi, Governor of Musandam, and HE Yaqoub Khalfan al Busaidi, Under Secretary for Fisheries, MAFWR.
“These projects are part of the government’s plan for economic diversification, as well as the development and establishment of fishing ports and landing facilities in the sultanate,” MAFWR said.
“These facilities will provide an attractive environment for investment as well as an attractive working environment for Omani fishermen, thereby supporting the national economy and increasing the fishing sector’s contribution to GDP.”