February 22, 2019
Oman's dairy project to start operation in second quarter of 2019
Mazoon Dairy Company, a flagship dairy project by Oman, will be starting operations in the second quarter of 2019 with the arrival of 1,600 cows from Australia, Gulf Business reported.
The company, which was established in 2015, hopes to reach an annual production of over 200 million litres of milk by 2026, with a plan to expand capacity to over 900 million litres by 2040.
An initial batch of cows were already sent to the company's 15 square kilometers farm and centralised processing plant in Al Sunaynah. They are part of the 8,250 cows that are to be fully delivered by 2020.
The arrival of the cows represents "a significant step" for Mazoon Dairy and Oman to achieve "a more sustainable and productive" dairy production, the company's chairman, Rashid Al-Masroori, commented.
"It takes us closer to our larger goal of establishing the Sultanate as a self-sufficient dairy producer and a hub for food manufacturing," he added.
"Al Sunaynah was selected as the site for the dairy facility because of the abundance of water, fertile soil and a comfortable climate to accommodate the cattle. We have also invested in a highly experienced team of farm managers and agro-experts," said Mazoon Dairy CEO, Arjun Subramanian.
Once operational, the company will provide dairy and juice products including milk, yoghurt, laban, fresh cream, cheese and ice cream.
- Gulf Business