Muscat | December 10, 2012: Haya Water is providing a double boost for the agricultural sector and farmers in Oman through its ability to supply the highest standards of treated waste for irrigation solutions and by providing farmers with its eco-friendly Kala Compost product.
Farmers in some areas of Oman have already begun to benefit from Kala Compost, one of Haya Water’s premier products. Kala Compost is an environmentally friendly product which is now becoming increasingly popular and used for agriculture, landscaping and for individual gardens. This eco-friendly recycled compost is a by-product of the water reuse treatment process and is now being actively marketed and used by an increasing number of farmers looking for a cost effective and environmentally friendly compost product.
To further enhance their commitment towards the farming segment, Haya Water recently signed an agreement with the College of Agricultural & Marine Sciences at Oman’s leading educational hub – the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU). This accord was authorized by Haya Water’s CEO Eng. Hussain AbdulHussain and Prof. Kacimov A.R - Dean, College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences, SQU.
CEO of Haya Water, Eng. Hussain AbdulHussain commented on the association, “The association with the College of Agricultural & Marine Sciences is a very proud moment for Haya Water. In our endeavour to make Muscat a better place to live in, we have been able to positively impact the agricultural community.”
He also added, “The fact that Haya Water can also now offer highly cost effective treated effluent for farmers to irrigate their crops further deepens the partnership between Haya Water and the agricultural community – ensuring they receive cost effective and environmentally friendly solutions.”
Under the purview of this association, the college will assist Haya Water in conducting Kala Trial Field Experiments. Trials will be conducted to determine will be about the optimal usage of fertilizers, controlling use of treated waste, analysis of heavy metals, micro-flora, salinity in soil and plants under improved irrigation schemes and techniques which will ensure a well-researched use of Kala Compost in the Sultanate.
As a product Kala Compost was introduced to the market only in December 2010, but is already proving a great success for farmers, landscaping contractors and home gardeners who are able to benefit from a product that boosts soil fertility, helps protect against soil erosion and creates more green areas in Oman.
Sulyem Al Hikmani, GM Commercial Division explained:”We have been delighted with the response of the farming community to using our product and this has seen excellent growth throughout the Sultanate. This initiative by Haya Water also shows their dedication towards developing Kala by carrying out intensive research programs".
Haya Water has developed its Kala Composting plant, that is located at Al Multaqa in Amerat, to enable the efficient re-use of sewage biosolids, and green waste enable their conversion to compost that can be used for agriculture, landscaping and for individual gardens. The positive environmental impact of the project was recognised in 2011 when the company was awarded the prestigious OER "Green Footprint" award for its Kala Composting Plant.
As a result today 100 per cent of all waste biosolids generated by the company's water reuse treatment plants are now treated and converted to compost - instead of being dumped into a landfill site as had been the practice in the past.
The capacity of the plant to deal with a wide range of other waste also means that some companies are now sending their waste to Kala Composting Plant instead of dumping it into landfill sites - something that can contribute to creating greenhouse gases - especially methane.
Haya Water’s vision is to enable Muscat to become one of the top cities in the world by building and operating a world class Water Reuse system that connects at least 80% of the residential properties by the year 2018 and brings enormous environmental benefits to the Muscat Governorate area.