Mazoon Dairy imports 1,600 cows as production set to begin in Q2
Mazoon Dairy Company, the flagship dairy project of the sultanate, has marked a significant milestone in the agricultural and economic development of Oman with the arrival of 1,600 cows from Australia to the company’s state-of-the-art dairy farm in Al Sunaynah in Buraimi.
These are the first of 8,250 cows expected to be imported by 2020, Mazoon Dairy Company said in a press statement on Sunday. The company has planned to commence dairy production in the second quarter of this year with the objective to produce over 200mn litres of milk annually by 2026, and to increase capacity to over 900mn litres by 2040.
The cows will breathe life into Mazoon Dairy’s 15sqkm fully-integrated farm, centralised processing plant and other facilities in Al Sunaynah and will help meet the market demand for high-quality, fresh dairy products.
H E Dr Rashid al Masroori, chairman of Mazoon Dairy Company, said, “The arrival of the cows marks a significant step in our journey towards a more sustainable and productive growth phase for Mazoon Dairy and the Omani economy. It takes us closer to our larger goal of establishing the sultanate as a self-sufficient dairy producer and a hub for food manufacturing.”
Dr Arjun Subramanian, CEO of Mazoon Dairy Company, said, “Mazoon Dairy is committed to ensuring the highest standards across the supply chain and this includes ensuring the health, safety and welfare of our cattle. 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.”
He said, “We have also invested in a highly experienced team of internationally-trained farm managers and agro-experts, who have spent decades in the agriculture and farming business in various parts of the world and an expert team of Omanis who are now committed to the success of Mazoon Dairy in Oman.”
Once operational this year, Mazoon Dairy will provide quality home-produced dairy and juice products, including milk, yoghurt, laban, fresh cream, cheese and ice cream for the local and GCC markets.
Mazoon Dairy is one of the largest projects in Oman, with investments from Oman Food Investment Company, Oman Investment Fund, Oman Dairy Products and Derivatives, Civil Service Pension Fund, Al Hosn Investment Company and the Royal Office Pension Fund.
Mazoon Dairy Company was established in 2015 as a closed joint stock company between the Oman Food Investments Company and other government investment and pension funds in Oman with a total capital of RO100mn.
The company is building a technologically advanced, fully-integrated dairy facility in Al Sunaynah in Buraimi.