The Million Date Palm Plantation Project came in response to the Royal directives by His late Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said – may his soul rest in peace – ; where he instructed to plant one million date palm trees around the Sultanate. This instruction was based upon the high importance of the date palm in achieving food security in the Sultanate, also, the great historical relation between the Sultanate of Oman and date palm trees through the many years.
This project is one of the biggest leading projects in the Sultanate. This is due to the offshoots that shall enhance the country’s economic growth, social development and environmental awareness. Most importantly, enhancing the role of date palm in the agriculture sector to keep pace with the future requirements and the social needs.
The Million Date Palm Plantation Project has 11 farms so far that are spread in different regions of the Sultanate, such as, Ibri, Nizwa, Al safa, Rahab and much more. Each of these farms are homes to between 10 to 100 thousand palm trees.
At Nakheel, we believe that innovation is the most important factor to modern agriculture practices. We have adopted the concept of “smart farming” utilizing smart technology and robotics innovation such as flying drones during the date palm pollination cycle. These new advancements in technologies ranging from robotics and drones to computer vision software have completely transformed the modern agriculture practices. Our primary goal in adopting such practices is to expand our coverage and take over mundane tasks.