PACT SIGNED TO SET UP LAB FOR ONE MILLION DATE PALM TREES PROJECT.
An agreement was signed on Wednesday for the establishment of the Central Date Palm Trees Lab for the One Million Date Palm Trees Project, which will be based in the wilayat of Samail.
The pact was signed by the Directorate General for One Million Date Palm Trees Project, the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) and the University of Arizona in the US.
The signing ceremony, held at Al Wahat Club, was held under the patronage of Sayyid Dr Fahd bin al Julanda al Said, assistant secretary general for Innovation Development at The Research Council.
The agreement was signed by Dr Saif bin Rashid al Shaqsi, director general of the One Million Date Palm Trees Project, Dr Dhafir bin Awadh al Shanfri, CEO of OAPFD and Todd Shallcross, director of Offset Projects at University of Arizona.
The Central Date Palm Tree Lab will be a centre specialising in research and studies, applying modern technology, monitoring and controlling date palm tree pests, regularly evaluating the conditions of date palm trees, analysing soil and irrigation water and recording environmental changes such as heat, relative humidity and rains that affect the growth of date palm trees.
It will have three departments in the first stage, namely the plant protection research department, the horticulture research department and the biochemistry research department. The number of departments is expected to increase to seven in the future.
The signing ceremony was attended by their highnesses, their excellencies, representatives from the US and Turkish embassies and those involved in the project.