Date palm project meetings in Oman

February 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The date palm project meetings brought together scientists and policy makers from all six partner countries

‘Development of sustainable date palm production systems’ is a research-for-development project funded by the Gulf Cooperation Council and led by ICARDA, targeting six Gulf countries. The project’s 6th Annual Steering and Technical Committee meetings were held in Muscat, Oman, 6-8 February. Participants included H.E. Dr Ishaq Al Ruqaishy, Under-Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture; H.E. Dr Hamad Al Aoufy, Under-Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries; Dr Ahmed Al Bakry, Director General of Agricultural and Livestock Research; and Dr Khalid Zadjali, representative of the GCC General Secretary.

Project activities are structured under four themes: crop management, integrated pest management, biotechnology and postharvest issues. The technical meeting reviewed progress in each area and in each country, and developed research workplans for next season, which were later approved by the Steering Committee. The meeting included field visits to date production and packaging centers.

“The project is a landmark in the GCC region,” said one Steering Committee member. “It has addressed not only technical areas such as insect pests and orchard management, but also issues relating to postharvest treatment and marketability.”


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  1. The efforts on the date palm industry development are highly commendable. We would like to contribute by helping on the creation of perpetual global demands for the dates. Please relay this to the concerned government investment agency in the GCC. We are looking for strategic strategic business partners for the commercialization of dates and dates-enriched beverages and foods. Among our products are the Date-CoLa and extra valued added tuna and chicken products.Thank you.

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