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Abstract Details

 
AUTHOR NAME
 
Family Name:
Al Bakri
 
First Name:
Ahmad Nassir
 
ABSTRACT OF PAPER
 
Title of Paper:
PROSPECTS OF AGRICULTURE AND LIVESTOCK RESEARCH: TOWARDS A STRATEGY FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
 
Paper Proposal Text :
The Sultanate of Oman is well aware of the importance of not only its agriculture resources like indigenous plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, which contribute to food security but also of its water and animal resources for sustainable development of agriculture. Towards attaining sustainable agriculture, Oman grows the crops of environmental and economic importance in its traditional sustainable agriculture like dates, Omani lime and alfalfa and rear indigenous livestock animals like sheep, goat, cattle, camel, poultry birds etc. Several research and developmental programs in the country contribute to conservation and management of both food and agriculture crops and animals. These programs are related mostly to improvement of indigenous cultivars of strategic crops and animal and poultry breeds through conventional and non-conventional breeding methods for high yield and disease/pest tolerance. The aim of this paper is to highlight the issue related to agricultural and livestock research with special emphasis to Oman as a successful case.

The Directorate General of Agriculture and Livestock Research in Oman aims at national level to undertake both basic and applied research in agriculture and livestock industries. Its objective is to solve the problems faced in agriculture and livestock husbandry besides increasing in the crop and livestock production that in turn uplift socio-economic status through sustainable agriculture for food security. In addition, these researches aim to conserve the environmental resources like water and soil, and plant and animal genetic resources. In line with its objectives, the DGALR has formulated its Five Year Research Strategy from 2011 to 2015 with its own vision, mission and goals to improve the quality of research in the relevant priority areas according to country's vision 2020. This strategy has been an outcome of several meetings and brainstorming among the researchers, extensionists, farmers and policy makers of different national stakeholders. The strategy consists of 10 mega-programs including 31 research projects and 5 supportive services projects, which have been designed to be in line with governmental policies for agricultural research in the Eighth Five Year Plan (2011-2015) towards the most viable sustainable agriculture in Oman.
 
 
 

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