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Olive Oil Production in Al Jabal Al Akhdhar / Report

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     Al Jabal Al Akhdhar, Jan.04 (ONA) ---- The 2019 season of olive oil in Al Jabal Al Akhdhar witnessed good production, achieving economic value for farmers in the quantities of olive received and oil extracted from them in government and private presses.  The production amount reached more than 60 tons, and the amount of oil extracted reached 8028 liters.  The economic return for this year has reached RO160.000, at RO20 per liter.

    The olive harvest for this season began in mid-August and continued until December.  The best period is October and November, as it turns out that the percentage of oil rose during this period.  The increase in the number of olive trees and the care that farmers give them herald that the olive will bring a rewarding economic return, besides other fruit trees in Al Jabal Al Akhdhar.

    The statistics currently available at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries indicate that the number of olive trees in Al Jabal Al Akhdhar amounts to (15 thousand trees).  During this season, some of the well-known varieties that were extracted in the Extraction Unit in the Niyabat of Al Jabal Al Akhdhar were evaluated, including as "Maraqi" and "Krotina" Kronika, as well as Al Dan, Arbequina and Picholine.

    The olive tree proved its adaptation in the harsh dry climate and lack of water and paid off with a high quality harvest.  This season witnessed an increase in the crop over the past years. Through the follow-up of engineers and technicians specializing in the Agricultural Development Department in Al Jabal Al Akhdhar to find out the necessary data on the trees planted and the average age between 8-15 years, it turned out to give a good fruit, as the average production of the oldest tree amounted to 490 kg of olives.

     The olive tree is considered one of the perennial trees of the olive family and it is an evergreen tree.  It is found on large areas in the Niyabat of Al Jabal Al Akhdhar.

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has begun bringing olive seedlings from outside the Sultanate and has distributed the finest types of olive from the oil-producing varieties.  Its cultivation in Al Jabal Al Akhdhar has been a resounding success.  Now its cultivation has spread to a large extent.  The farmers have become dependent on it as an economic source in the near future.  The ministry has provided advanced presses in the Agricultural Development Department of Al Jabal Al Akhdhar.

    On the environmental side, it is known that trees in general have great benefits in making the environment clean and healthy, in addition to the aesthetics that have become evident in the residential area and public places, including parks, around houses and mosques, which undoubtedly have many benefits.

    With regard to the social and health aspect, the culture of oil consumption has changed and shifted to the consumption of pure olive oil, for health reasons. There is no doubt that the coming years will witness more production due to the interest we notice to this blessed tree by citizens and the government.

--- Ends/MN/FM