Al Rawdha village in the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi in the Governorate of North A’Sharqiya is unique in the diversity of agricultural crops, the fertility of soil and the abundance of water throughout the year. All these have given agriculture a special attention by farmers. Besides the cultivation of date palm trees, citrus fruits, fodder and multiple types of fruit trees, grape cultivation stands out as one of the most important agricultural crops in the village.
Currently grape is very abundant in the markets of the wilayat and neighbouring wilayats, achieving a great economic return for farmers, and being able to compete with imported grapes.
Eng. Qais bin Amer al-Ma’awali, Head of the Agricultural Development Section in of the Agricultural Development Department in Samad Al Shan said, “The cultivated area of grape in Al Rawdha village is estimated at 13,000 square meters, and it produces about 14 tons, at a value of up to RO20,000 annually.”
“There is a great interest in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in grape cultivation. The ministry provides materials and moral support to farmers, including seminars, improved seedlings, introducing farmers to modern agricultural methods, and promoting agricultural products,” he added.
Sarhan bin Shatit al-Habsi, grape farmer in Al Rawdha village said, “The interest in growing grape is continuously increasing. It receives significant attention from farmers and officials at various agricultural development sections in the wilayat. This is noticed in recent years in the large agricultural areas where grapes are grown”.
The availability of fertile agricultural soils and fresh water whether from Aflaj (ancient irrigation system) or wells in Al Rawdha village contributed greatly to the success of the grape cultivation.