Al Jabal Al Akhdar Farmers Gear up for Pomegranate Harvest Season
Al Jabal Al Akhdar, 26 Jul (ONA) --- Farmers in the Wilayat of Al Jabal Al Akhdar in the Governorate of A’Dakhiliyah will begin harvesting pomegranate in the next August.
Statistics issued by the Wilayat’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources indicate that the number of pomegranate trees has reached more than 27,000 whereas the marketing value of the pomegranate crop stood at RO 1,727,000 during the past year (2022).
The percentage of healthy fruits of pomegranate reached more than 90 percent, after the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources implemented the control programme and released as many as 42.147 million parasites during this season (2023). The programme is part of a project of integrated management of pomegranate fruit sucking moth through the use of alternative means and modern control methods.
Omair Mohammed Al Fahdi, Head of the Agricultural Development and Water Resources Department at the in the Wilayat of Al Jabal Al Akhdar, said that the average fresh fruits during the last season (2022) amounted to 88.7 percent, and the average fruits per tree stood at an estimated 55 fruits.
He added that this season will witness abundant production of the pomegranate crop, due to rains and the abundance of water.
It is expected to witness a great turnout from visitors to Al Jabal Al Akhdar who will come in a period that coincides with activities of Al Jabal Al Akhdar Festival 2023, Al Fahdi said.
It is worth noting that the pomegranate harvest season in Al Jabal Al Akhdar is one of the unique seasons that adds more diversity in terms of tourism products and highlights elements of recreational tourism, adventure tourism, natural and heritage tourism. Visitors to Al Jabal Al Akhdar at this time of the year will enjoy learning how to harvest delicious pomegranates.