Farming near Hatta
human activity observed locally is farming in the hills. Small dry-stone
walled fields are generally maintained where a permanent water supply
is found and a variety of crops are produced,
including, albeit on a small scale, tobacco of a reasonable quality. Salad
plants or alfalfa (as livestock fodder) often predominate, but anything
from bananas, pomegranates, oranges, apples, aubergines and maize may
be being grown, with mango trees also cultivated.
Rarely are date palms missing, however, these providing not only succulent
dates, but material for roofing and hedging or just welcome shade for
animals and humans alike.