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259,000 ACRES CULTIVATED FOR DIFFERENT CROPS IN 2018: NCSI.

The total cultivated area in the sultanate reached 259,000 acres by the end of 2018 compared to 240,000 acres by the end of 2017, an increase of eight per cent, according to the data released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

Fodder crops accounted for the largest amount of cultivated land, with a total area of 118,895 acres and a total production of 1,648,471 tonnes, followed by fruit crops, with a total area of 76,742 acres and a total production of 459,695 tonnes, and vegetables, with a total area of 53,457 acres and production of 817,940 tonnes. The total area planted with field crops reached 10,163 acres.

Of the forage crops, the total area of alfalfa cultivation amounted to 23,765 acres, with a total production of 378,510 tonnes while the total area of Rhodes grass cultivation reached 86,403 acres, with a production of 1,176,810 tonnes.

The total area of sorghum cultivation reached 4,180 acres and production was 49,330 tonnes while the areas planted with other forage crops reached 4,547 acres with a total production of 43,820 tonnes.

As per the statistics, in fruit crops, date palms accounted for 59,823 acres, with a total production of 368,808 tonnes while mangoes accounted for 3,587 acres, with a total production of 15,847 tonnes. The total cultivated areas for bananas was 3,714 acres, with a production of 18,265 tonnes.

Lemon cultivation was done in 3,330 acres, with a production of 7,112 tonnes while coconut cultivation was done on 1,517 acres with a total production of 6,643 tonnes.

Papaya was cultivated in an area of 692 acres, with a total production of 5,772 tonnes. Areas cultivated with other fruit crops stood at 4,799 acres, with a total production of 37,247 tonnes.

In vegetable crops, tomatoes accounted for the largest cultivated areas, with a total area of 6,029 acres and production of 199,232 tonnes, followed by watermelon, with a total area of 4,120 acres and production of 56,047 tonnes, cauliflower, with a total area of 2,989 acres and production of 28,031 tonnes.

Cantaloupes which were cultivated in a total area of 2,846 acres yielded a production of 33,463 tonnes while pepper was cultivated in 2,531 acres and the production stood at 64,663 tonnes.

Okra cultivation was done on 1,916 acres and production was 16,675 tonnes, the total area of eggplant cultivation was 1,643 acres and production was 32,214 tonnes.

Cabbage was cultivated in 1,578 acres and production was 20,036 tonnes, and the total area of onion cultivation was 1,312 acres and production was 9,274 tonnes. About 1,372 acres of land was cultivated with potatoes, with the production reaching 15,613 tonnes.

The total area of carrot cultivation was 1,370 acres and production was 18,109 tonnes while the total area of zucchini cultivation was 1,157 acres and production was 10,452 tonnes. Garlic was cultivated in an area of 436 acres, with the production at 2,477 tonnes.

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Date:Aug 26, 2019
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