The Royal Directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said to establish the Million Date Palm Plantation Project isan extraordinary shift for the agricultural sector and in particular for the Date Palm for what this vital project signifies and aims to achieve. The noblest aim of this project is to awaken and raise the interest of the Omani society towards caring for the Date Palm tree. In addition to it help in increasing the size of the areas planted with Date Palm trees in the country. As it carries a social and economic importance for the national economy. Date Palm tree is the fence of the traditional economic sectors the Omani citizen has ties with from old ages. The special link that ties between the current generation and the Date Palm tree will remain strong in their hearts under the Royal care of His Majesty that sets an example for us to follow in working for this country.
Committing to the general strategy and the plans of establishing the Million Date Palm Plantation Project, we have applied the latest technologies in all phases of the project. We believe in taking advantage of latest technologies that will assist us in irrigation, enhancing the produced types of Date Palm, accelerating the work progress through the advanced technologies, developing and improving the ongoing research on Date Palm derivatives and establishing industries that are based on economy of knowledge which makes best use of raw materials. It is a delight that the project phases has been realized and that the all the 11 farms has been equipped with facilities and services. This constitutes the beginning of the project and will be a remarkable sign in the Date Palm Plantation in the Sultanate for the huge hopes and that aspires to reflect the vision of His Majesty who wants to reinstitute the glory, presence and importance of the Date Palm tree amidst the current developments and trends that characterizes daily life and captures the interest of the individual and society to other matters. The spirit of the Million Date Palm Plantation Project and its noble goals to add high value to the agriculture sector in the country is a great task for everyone to endeavor and to fulfill the vision of His Majesty. An achievement to be added to the blessed Renaissance.
The High aspiration and goals of the project has led to an acceleration in implementing the project overcoming all the obstacles and challenges that occurred that seemed so minor against the huge importance of such projects to the citizens and the country. With Allah’s Grace, the progress of work is accelerating in all the farms to rebuild the future inspiration that will give back life to a tradition which will remain in the future economy for what it holds within the modern industries that is based on Date Palm trees and its derivatives. Factories will start producing different varieties of products equipped with scientific research labs that will be open for the students and researches to apply what they have learned from the studies that reveals the greatness of the Date Palm trees and will be calling on entrepreneurs to be creative in establishing projects that will be beneficial for them, their society and the economy. Transforming the challenges of this project into opportunities that will expand the horizons of national duty is what we armed with until we fulfill all the wishes of His Majesty in completing the whole project. That will be a remarkable achievement to be added along with all the great achievements of this country. We are determined and will not spare any effort and we will not be intimidated by any challenge or obstacle in making this project an iconic achievement among the other country’s achievement and a leading example for the generation on preserving the jobs of our fathers and grandfathers.
Dr. Saif bin Rashid Al-Shaqsi
Director General of the Million Date Palm Plantation Project