`Oman Reports Good Season for Olive Oil Production

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Oman Reports Good Season for Olive Oil Production

Jan. 6, 2020
Julie Al-Zoubi

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Accord­ing to fig­ures from Oman’s Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries, sixty tons of olives were har­vested in the coun­try between August and Decem­ber 2019 from which 8,028 liters of olive oil were pro­duced.

Oman’s 15,000 olive trees were strate­gi­cally planted in the of North East Oman (around 170 kilo­me­ters from the cap­i­tal, Mus­cat) which enjoys a sim­i­lar cli­mate to Mediter­ranean coun­tries. A wide vari­ety of olive species have report­edly been pro­duced in this moun­tain­ous region.

See more: Olive Oil of Oman

The Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries ini­ti­ated the impor­ta­tion of olive seedlings in 1994 (largely from Syria) and Omani farm­ers embraced olive cul­ti­va­tion as a new source of income.

Early attempts to cul­ti­vate the non-native olive tree in the sultanate’s arid cli­mate were largely unsuc­cess­ful and raised the ques­tion as to whether olive trees could sur­vive Oman’s harsh con­di­tions.

In 2014, Olive Oil Times reported that olive cul­ti­va­tion in Oman was ini­ti­ated by the sur­pris­ing appear­ance of fruit on a sin­gle olive tree gifted from Egypt.

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