The dates crop (known as busoor in Oman) received by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) in 2012 amounted to 4,111 tons worth OMR1,498,000.
"The committee includes farmers from Al Batinah and Al Sharqiyah governorates and representatives from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Oman Flour Mills Company; and will have a number of visits to some countries, for studying the possibility of promoting the Omani busoor abroad," said Khamis bin Abdullah Al Farsi, the Directorate General of the Directorate General of Commerce at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
"The ministry received the busoor crop form August, 25 to November, 7, 2012. According to directives from Minister of Commerce and Industry, this period has been extended to January, 30, 2013. The total quantity of busoor received is 60645 sacs, equivalent to 4111,530 tonnes. This amount has been supplied to the ministry by 1104 suppliers.
The total amount received for the harvest of 2012 is three times bigger," he said. The commercial establishment that bought the crop from the ministry this year has succeeded in exporting 853,725 tonnes to India.
The value of the exported bussor reached OMR294.090. It is expected that the busoor that haven't been sold by the farmers or traders to the ministry is ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 sacs, according to Khamis.
"During current season, more than 50 per cent of the busoor has been supplied to the ministry by the traders; while some farmers prefer to supply their harvest by themselves," he further explained in a statement.
Times of Oman