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First camel milk project to start soon

2 Nov 2021 By MOHAMMED TAHA

Muscat – The first commercial camel milk production company in Oman, Al Morooj Dairy is going to start operations soon.

Oman Investment Authority (OIA) has announced that the project is the first-of-its kind in the Gulf region, too. It will involve collection of milk from breeders in Dhofar, processing and marketing across the sultanate.

According to OIA, the project will include three collection centres where fresh milk will be received in the morning and evening. “Each centre will be equipped with the latest technologies, and also have an integrated outlet for marketing products,” an OIA official said.

“Following collection in the morning and evening, the milk received will be transferred to an integrated factory for processing and packaging.”

The centres are expected to receive 18,000ltr of milk – both cow and camel milk – per day, and the project will produce 6mn ltr annually.

According to the OIA official, the project aims to increase income of camel breeders, by purchasing milk directly from them, and create job opportunities. “It will support small- and medium-sized companies engaged in this sector, besides enhancing food security and achieving self-sufficiency in the dairy sector.”

The Agricultural Census of 2018 recorded more than 3.5mn heads of livestock, including 397,000 cows, 2,302,000 goats, 605,000 sheep and 268,000 camels.

Al Morooj Dairy is promoted by the state-owned Oman Food and Investment Company (OFIC), which is owned by OIA, and mandated to promote Oman’s food security through partnerships with government agencies, private sector companies and investors.

OFIC aims to boost Oman’s food security and economic well-being by investing in domestic and international food projects in partnership with food companies, investors and other stakeholders.

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