The Omani government hopes that within the next five years productivity in the local poultry industry will allow the country to be self-sufficient in poultry products consumption, according to the Director of the Livestock Public Authority in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fish Resources, Mr. Khaled Bin Darweesh Al-Baloushy.
Al-Watan daily reports that the livestock authority aims to raise the annual local output to 314 million eggs and 41,134 tons of poultry meat by 2005. To achieve this target, the authority will launch 105 new projects and will expand 78 existing projects by 2005.
The ministry is also seeking to increase the local poultry meat and eggs production. Presently, the main commercial poultry projects provide up to 75% of the total poultry products output, while the smaller producers provide the rest of this output. The ministry has begun to build the necessary infrastructure and to offer investment incentives and financing options to the local small poultry producers. Oman's poultry products output totaled 83 million eggs and 8,725 tons of meat in 1998. These figures translate into a 336% jump in the local egg production and a 389% spurt in the local poultry meat production compared with 1987.
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