Part of Oman's long-term strategy, namely the Oman 2040 Vision, is anchored on the UN SDG Agenda 2030. Where the SDG 2 is concerned, it has made progress in implementing its plans and programs that are focused on food safety and quality, security and sustainability of food supply for all.
Its efforts are directed towards “improving and updating relevant laws and executive regulations that organize agricultural development action and maintain the sustainability of agricultural production and food safety.
(First Voluntary National Review of the Sultanate of Oman 2019, United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, July 2019)
Oman has stringent food safety laws and regulations that cover domestic businesses, import of food items, and certification, and follows the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regulations that are based on World Trade Organization (WTO) standards. Despite these strict measures, there are still a sizeable number of violations, mostly for products of animal origin, i.e. meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products and honey.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the various municipalities within the sultanate are jointly responsible for the regulatory enforcement of food products. The Health Quarantine Department of MOH is tasked to inspect imported processed food products, including sugar. The civic bodies are involved in the regulation of food through the inspection of products available in the local market.
The Food Safety and Quality Centre represents the Ministry in implementing its programs, plans and control systems related to the safety of the quality and suitability of food products as well as raising the level of food safety awareness to each player in the food supply chain.
SUPPLY CHAIN AGREEMENT
The ASYAD-OFIC MoU is committed to the development of agri-food value chains, hubs, storage and other logistics facilities in Oman. It will support the delivery of agri-food from farms to the table.
"Oman currently loses 24 per cent of fisheries production and 40 per cent of agriculture production through supply chain, that can be reduced to 6 per cent and 10 per cent respectively."