Nakhal, The Villages of Wadi Mistal in the Wilayat of Nakhal are known for their variety of seasonal crops, including grapes, pomegranates, mountain peaches and apricots. During this period, the farmers of Wadi Mistal began marketing their agricultural products in the Wilayat’s market with the start of harvesting season of fruit crops in the villages of “Al Qora”, “Wakan and Al Hajjar. Grapes are the most marketed crops in the wilaya.

During these days, a number of seasonal fruits, such as black grapes, peaches, pomegranates, and mango are displayed at auction in the market of Nakhal. Grape prices (about 5 kg) were RO 12, prices of local mango decreased to RO 3 for twenty fruits. The small fruits of the first crop of pomegranate were sold at RO 3.5 for twenty fruits.

Grape fruit cultivation requires great effort and attention from farmers in the wilaya, as they are keen to take care of these fruit trees by regular irrigation, fertilization, trimming and cutting of nursery branches from time to time.

On the importance of the agricultural crop these days, Abdullah bin Ahmed al-Arfati, a farmer in Wadi Mistal, said that during these days, the auction, locally called (Tana), of grapes began after a successful season that would result in a good harvest of grapes, pomegranates, and other fruits and corps. The (Tana) of grapes of the Awqaf Mosque and the Holy Quran School in the village of “al Qora” in Wadi Mestal began earlier.

Abdullah bin Ahmed al-Arfati told Oman News Agency (ONA) that the Tana is known to the people that contributes to the revitalization of the commercial activities as it benefits the farmers and auctioneers.

He added that prices this year ranged from RO 150 to RO 460 per Jalba (which is a local term used to describe a strip of land), pointing out that Jalba is an agricultural area containing three to four trees of black grapes, grown on an area of 25 square meters and irrigated with spring and Aflaj water.

On his turn, Mansour bin Mohammed al-Riyami, one of the locals of al-Hajjar in Wadi Mistal, said that the villages of Wadi Mistal, especially Wakan and Al Qora are famous for their grapes, especially black grapes, which are harvested in August and sold in the neighboring markets such as the market of the Wilayat of A’Rustaq, and is also sold to tourists who come to the villages continuously.

Al-Riyami added that Wadi Mistal, which lies within the furrows of the western Al Hajjar mountains overlooking the Wilayat of Nakhal, is an important tourist attraction in the wilaya and frequented by visitors on a daily basis. It is characterized by its varied seasonal crops, such as the black grapes which began its season during this period. He added that grapes are among the corps that are grown in mountain villages in Wadi Mistal due to the cool weather.

Source: Oman News Agency