Applied Sciences Department
“Great institutions emerge from good intentions, vision and sustained interest in achieving the set goals”. The Department of Applied Sciences is seriously thinking of establishing “an academic degree program in biotechnology”, which has “a lot of job potential for the interested Omani youth” in the coming future (as already identified in the long term policy designed for the development of Oman entitled “Oman 2020”).
Standing from Right to Left: Mr. Abdallah Abdel-Hafez, Ms. Tahra Al Rashidi, Ms. Bushra Al Lawati, Ms. Thurayya Al Hinai and Ms. Fahima Al Balushi
The departmental administration is carefully utilizing every available opportunity to acquire the required infrastructure and much needed training for the aspiring Omani staff to shoulder this challenging task. With this long term goal, the Head of the Applied Sciences Department, Dr. Mohammed Ali Oueslati, on the recommendations of Dr. Afraa Said Al-Adawi, HoS of Applied Biology section and Dr. Suad Al Kindi, HoS of Environmental Sciences had encouraged Ms. Bushra Al Lawati and Ms. Thurayya Al Hinai from Applied Biology section and Ms. Fahima Al Balushi, Ms. Tahra Al Rashidi and Mr. Abdallah Abdel-Hafez from the Environmental Sciences section to participate in a workshop on aquaculture entitled “Fundamentals of Application of Aquaculture Techniques in Sultanate of Oman” conducted under the auspices of His Excellency Dr. Hamed Said Al Aufi, Undersecretary of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries on 1st and 2nd of March, 2017.
The Sultanate of Oman has identified aquaculture as one of the key pillar to diversify its national economy. The overall vision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is to develop a sustainable, competitive and environment-friendly aquaculture sector that meets the needs of customers from the high quality aqua products. In this two day workshop on aquaculture conducted at the “Aquaculture Farming center” in the Al- Bustan area, on the first day, many research papers were presented covering the aspects relating to the types of fish that are most suitable for using the biotechnology, requirement of the quality of water needed for raising the fish, issues related to the transportation, marketing and licensing procedures for establishing fish farms. There are many representations from public institutions, private bodies and public forums like “Omani Agricultural Association”
Aquaponics is a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water.
The second day of the workshop involved a field trip to an operating aquaculture fish tanks at the “Plant research center” in Al Rumais. This was a great opportunity for all the participants for acquiring a firsthand experience to see and comprehend the entire process involved in the preparation of fish tanks, controlling the ambient conditions (like temperature and dissolved oxygen) and the types and techniques involved feeding the fish.
The workshop provided an opportunity for the participating staff to interact with the researchers at the center, which in turn will enhance the future cooperation between the two institutions.
This activity was encouraged to meet the requirements of Goal 3, 5 6 and 7 of the strategic plan. All the participants from the department of applied sciences expressed that the workshop is very much helpful for their personal and professional development and also thanked their respective HoSs and HoD for choosing them as participants from the Department of Applied Sciences at the Higher College of Technology, Muscat to attend this national workshop.
Mr. Abdallah Abdel-Hafez and Ms. Bushra Al Lawati
ENRICHED AND EDITED BY:
Dr. C. Rama Chandra Prabhu
Ms. Bushra Al Lawati, Ms. Tahra Al Rashidi and Mr. Abdallah Abdel-Hafez