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Locally-built egg incubators in good demand

16 May 2020

An Omani startup is seeing great demand for its locally-built egg incubators. Since the beginning of restriction on movement due to spread of coronavirus, the company has sold over 1,000 such machines in Oman and Qatar. Now there are sale queries from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as well. 

The company, Al Baldah Incubator, was founded by Faisal Hamed Alamri, 30, and Sulaiman Rashid Alamri, 38, in 2015. 

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Faisal, production manager, Al Baldah Incubator, said, “These incubators are manufactured by a team of two engineers in Oman. We have sold over 1,000 incubators in Oman and abroad. The demand of the product has grown manifold in the last one month or so.” 

Faisal added that there is a long waiting list now. “There is demand for the incubator from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, as well. We are probably the only company selling such an incubator in the Gulf region.” 

Talking about the reason behind the sudden spurt in the demand, Sulaiman, administration manager, said, “Many Omani families who have small poultry farms in their backyards are seeing this as a way to increase their income. With our incubators, you keep the eggs in and they hatch in a certain period of time. We are manufacturing different types of incubators. The smallest incubator can hatch up to 88 eggs and the largest up to 1,232.” 

Al Muatasim Alamri, 26, the marketing agent of the company, said that each incubator costs a minimum RO180 while the price can go up to RO750 depending on the capacity. “We decided to build this machine here as imported ones have high maintenance costs and lack of customer care support. We are talking to the concerned government agencies to cooperate in order to support the Omani product and supply the local market. Soon, we plan to make machines with a bigger capacity.”

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