Muscat: Not many living in Muscat would imagine growing veggies in their balcony or on the rooftop; it’s like a distant dream.However, one such successful attempt was made by a biotechnology professor living in Oman.
Dr. Zulfikar Ali is a professor of Biotechnology and Botany from a prominent university in India, and enjoys growing plants, a hobby he pursues wherever he goes. When he came to Oman in 2009 to supervise a study centre, he did just that. “I love being around plants and greenery, it refreshes the surroundings. So when I got here, I looked around and saw a lot of date palm trees, something very obvious because it is a desert. So when I thought of growing plants at my place, I was almost certain that I wouldn’t be able to go beyond cacti and other such hardy plants. However, reality was different.”
He found that many efforts at beautification had been made by growing brightly coloured flowers along the roadside, date palms and...Read more...