Times of Oman
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Farms flourish in Bani Khalid
February 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The wilayat of Wadi Bani Khalid is famous for its agriculture and natural habitat. Photo — ONA

Wadi Bani Khalid: A variety of plants and fruits including the unique red banana,  hilly terrain, desert villages and over 20 falaj make Wadi Bani Khalid a unique destination for tourists.

The Wilayat of Wadi Bani Khalid in the Governorate of North Al Sharqiyah is characterised by a number of  natural features  that  distinguish it from other wilayats and make it a tourist and agricultural wilayat.

The wilayat of Wadi Bani Khalid is famous for its agriculture and livestock as there are more than 20 falaj (water streams) distributed across more than 30 villages that have a hilly terrain or are desert villages, including the villages of Mzairi, Moqal, Badha, Halfa, Al Qaryah, Qraishaah, Al Raki etc.

Among the famous aflaj in the wilayat are Falaj Al Halili, Al Fardha, Abu Khilan, Abu Barah, Al Raisi and Al Habsi. The water resources vary between surface and underground.

People in the wilayat of Wadi Bani Khalid grow various plants, but the red banana distinguishes the wilayat from other wilayats in the Sultanate. Banana is heavily grown in the villages of Badha, Al Udfeen and Halfa. The local people say that the red banana was brought here by their ancestors from Africa. The plentiful production of the red banana in summers is a tourist attraction because of the fruit's unique colour and its sweet taste. Many buy this type of banana for its high nutritional value and rareness.

Yousef bin Khalid Al Jabri, a red banana farmer, said this banana is the most important agricultural resource and it usually grows in shady and cooler areas. However, in certain villages, it does not take kindly to the terrain and cannot be grown there. The wilayat is also famous for date palms, an important summer harvest. Farmers also grow wheat, locally known as Omani Burr, and clover, which is locally known as Qatt.

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