Cloud ionisation has boosted rainfall in Oman: H E Mantheri
Oman has benefited a lot from cloud ionisation and the project is expected to continue in future too, said H E Dr Yahya bin Mahfoudh al Mantheri, chairman of the State Council.
“Cloud ionisation is working and what we have found that rainfall has increased by around 18 per cent since the project was implemented. So, we hope that there will be more rain, good rainfall.
“Yes, the project has benefited Oman a lot. So, it shows that it is working. It is a good project and we hope that it will be expanded in future,” H E Mantheri told Muscat Daily on the sidelines of the Oman Environmental Forum on Wednesday.
Oman has installed ionisation towers in several parts of the country to boost rainfall. The project started with two stations on the Hajar mountains - one in Ibri and the other in Jebel Akhdar. Later, four more stations came up with one each in Jebel al Rais, Saham; Jebel al Kab, Samail; Dima Wa al Taien in North Sharqiyah and Sohar in North Batinah. Two stations came up in the wilayats of Quriyat and Khabourah last year.
In Quriyat, it came up on the south of the white mountains, while another came up at Wadi Hawasna in Khabourah.