Oman: Oman has completed the first phase of development and management of pastoral resources (approx 261,000 hectares) using GIS technology and remote-sensing, which has also helped to make digital maps of pastoral lands in Oman, according to Khalfan bin Salim al Farsi, head of breeding resources development, Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Oman.
“Natural pastures are considered a source of food for both domestic and wild animals in Oman. It is an important economic activity for rural people, who use pastures for firewood and building houses. Some of them also have certain medicinal value. So their preservation is vital for the agricultural sector and maintaining the biodiversity of the country,” said the Minister