The Palm Date tree and the Omani have been connected since ancient times. This bond is rooted in the culture and civilization and linked to his daily life and has contributed in developing the society and supplementing the economy which in turn solidify the Date Palm position as a valuable component of the Omani nature. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said has given his royal directives to establish the million date palm plantation project stems from the pride the Omani citizen holds towards the Date Palm which is rooted deep into civilization and to solidify and ignite the interest of the Date Palm in the young generation, that in turn will help in preserving the Date Palm. It is also an embodiment to the great importance of the Date Palm tree as a major pillar in the agriculture sector in Oman.
Using latest technologiesin Date Palm derivatives and industries to increase the economic value of the Date Palm exponentially and as an added value to the economy. To turn this project into a strategic one that will supplement the agriculture in the country and to strengthen sustainable development by using the available natural resources and to strengthen its knowledge based economy that is in harmony with the local environment.
It is fortunate that His Royal Majesty is personally following the project with great interest and to dedicate the harvest of the project to the Waqf. And from the Vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the project has assumed the responsibility of being the major player in the Date Palm sector in the country. Equipped with the latest researches and technologies that will supplement the Date Palm plantation with the updated research and technological advancement in this field. This will raise the hope of improving the Date Palm industries and strengthening its value through the labs that will be equipped with all the instruments that it needs and will aid the deliberate and thorough research. With Allah’s Grace, all the sincere efforts has led to the establishment of 11 whole farms in 6 governorates in the Sultanate equipped with all the required necessities for planting the Date Palm in a total area of 11 thousand acres. So far, six hundred thousand Date Palm trees has been planted. In addition to that a central factory for filling, packaging and manufacturing Date Palm is under progress. So is allocating the lands required to complete the project as per the plan as soon as possible.
We are delighted that this project is already having a positive impact on the neighboring communities before its full completion by providing to them greater opportunities for the citizens to work in the farms or in helping them in establishing small/medium projects. The future prospect of the project is promising for all those interested. For researches in the country to engage in researching the Date Palm and into discovering and exploring how to benefit from it. For investors who can capitalize on the opportunities the Date Palm provides that will in turn help in supplying the needs of the society and add great value to the local economy. We pray to Allah – Almighty – to assist us fulfilling His Majesty’s Royal vision in completing this project that will act as a leading example for the future generation in preserving our agricultural heritage.