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Academic chair of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos
In the field of Desert farming



About the Chair

This Chair was established by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Sultan of Oman, in the area of [desert agriculture?] in October 1994 as the subject of desert farming is of particular importance to the GCC countries with limited naturalresources of water and agricultural land because of the desert landscape. The chair has been funded with a financial grant since 1994 successively over periods, each lasting three years.

Goals of the Chair
  • Teaching courses of the desert farming and Soilless Culture, and the developing a new study plan, according to the needs of graduate programs at the University.
  • Supervising the research activities leading to advanced degrees (Higher Diploma and Master’s).
  • Conducting scientific experiments in the field of modern agricultural techniques that have been adapted to the circumstances of Arabian Gulf region.
  • Organizing seminars and training courses for workers and professionals of the private, educational, and governmental institutions in the GCC in the fields of agricultural.
  • Cooperation in research and development activities with national and regional institutions of the GCC.
Most important achievements
  • Providing fundamental guidelines on [water and nutritional consumption], and productivity of major crops in light of the agricultural conditions of hydroponics and improvised agricultural environments that are technically appropriate, and  economically viable, based on the reality of field trials and results seen in the laboratory of the Centre.
  • Organizing a series of regional training workshops for workers in the agricultural sector in the GCC.
  • Implementing a number of research studies from postgraduate diploma and master's students from the GCC at the university.
  • Implementing contractual projects with national institutions within the framework of joint cooperation in order to transfer expertise to the community.

Sultan Qaboos Center for Modern and Soilless Culture
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