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Oman Flour Mills inaugurates animal feed plant in Mutrah

13 Dec 2023 Oman Flour Mills inaugurates animal feed plant in Mutrah By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Oman Flour Mills Company (OFM) on Wednesday inaugurated a animal feed production plant with a production capacity of 20 tonnes of animal feed per hour, in addition to a pre-mixing unit capable of producing six metric tonnes of pre-mix per hour.

The plant was inaugurated in the presence of H E Dr Saud bin Hamoud al Habsi, the Minister of Agricultural Wealth, Fisheries, and Water Resources. 

This cutting-edge facility, the third of its kind established by OFM, exemplifies the company’s commitment to contribute to the goals of Oman Vision 2040.

The plant is strategically located in Muscat’s Mutrah area and aligns with the circular economy principles of utilising local raw materials, fostering economic sustainability, and adhering to environmentally friendly practices. 

“Its primary objective is to produce a diverse range of animal feed products that not only bolster the food security system but also add significant local value to cater to Oman’s food manufacturing needs,” an official from the company said.

Dignitaries from the Ministry of Agricultural and Fisheries Resources, along with representatives from various ministries, government entities, private sector companies specialising in food and animal feed production, and officials from OFM attended the inauguration ceremony. 

Haitham bin Mohammed al Fanah, CEO of the Oman Flour Mills Company, underscored the plant’s significance in reinforcing the food security system and integrating production chains. 

The Animal Feed Production Plant has been designed with a production capacity of 20 tonnes of animal feed per hour and featuring a pre-mixing unit capable of producing six metric tonnes of pre-mix per hour. The facility employs innovative technology, including robotic systems for packaging operations, to ensure efficiency, productivity, and a safe working environment.

Fanah highlighted the plant’s potential to adequately contribute to the sultanate’s mission to meet the needs for manufacturing animal feed, leveraging technological advancements and proximity to wheat mills. 

The advanced pre-mixing unit enhances production processes, as the factory employs cutting-edge systems for production control and organisation.

The high level of automation enables precise control over ingredients, mixing, and production processes, ensuring the production of high-quality feed with strong competitive capabilities.

The plant is equipped with automatic control systems for calibration and standardisation, allowing quick adjustments and effective decisions to maintain product quality.

This is expected to support livestock development, foster self-sufficiency in feed, and accelerate efforts to localise manufacturing to meet the increasing demand for animal feed products in local and regional markets, and hence drastically reducing dependence on imports.

The Mutrah plant has been inaugurated as part of a series of establishments that the sultanate is keen on establishing in order to support productivity, quality, sustainability, and food self-sufficiency, ultimately contributing to the growth of the national economy. 

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