Muscat's central vegetable and fruit market receives 176,304 tons of produce
November 15, 2017 | 11:41 AM
by Times News Service
File photo of the central market in Seeb. Photo: A.R. Rajkumar

Muscat: Municipal agencies represented by the central market for vegetables and fruits, recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the opening of its market, which proved its position as one of the best markets in the region through the attraction of many traders which supply various fresh fruits and vegetables.

Abundance in produce

The Central market for vegetables and fruits is experiencing a continuous purchasing movement to meet all the needs of the community. The central market management works in coordination with the top companies to make a direct import from producing countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Iran, South Africa, Egypt at affordable prices to the public. During the third quarter of 2017, the Central Market received about (5,793) shipments loaded with a total of 176,304 tons of vegetables and fruits.

Intensive control

The Central Market administration is keen to maintain the quality and safety of goods coming to the market in coordination with other government agencies and it does its best to make all procedures quick and easy to the public.

Muscat Municipality, represented by the inspection and food control department, has been interested in intensifying inspection campaigns on food installations to ensure that health and safety requirements are met and that all types of food are properly accessible and free of any contaminants and pesticides.

615,155 Tons of vegetables and fruits with cooling trucks and warehouses have been destroyed and ruined about (967,501) kg of non-expendable material for human consumption from shops. The total number of inspection visits has reached (15,846) visits to 5518 food establishments during the third quarter of 2017.

The market administration has sent about (713) shipments with about 34 tons of non-edible food to the landfill. Furthermore, it has intensified it effort in fighting against rodents and insects, in order to ensure the health and safety of members of society, to maintain the general cleanliness of the market and to reduce the risk of transport of contaminants for food.

Development work

Market management is constantly seeking solutions to market development in accordance with the available possibility.

Market management has confirmed that there is intensive care to the market, and is doing regular maintenance of its facilities and facilities is carried out in constant coordination with the operating companies in the market. It has recently completed addition of one store and a health office, as well as a barrier to the trash site. The management has also installed some instructional signs and serviced the shades and painted the car park under the main shade.

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