Works progressing well on Oman’s largest poultry breeding project
Works on Osool Poultry project, touted as one of the largest poultry breeding projects in the Middle East, are progressing well and remaining tendering process for civil works are expected to be completed this year, according to the Implementation Support and Follow-up Unit (ISFU).
Osool Poultry project is being set up in Al Ghaftain in the wilayat of Haima in Al Wusta region, and once completed it will have the capacity to produce 150mn hatched eggs per annum. Breeder projects are considered as the backbone of all types of poultry industries in a country as hatched eggs, produced in a breeder project, are the starting point of all poultry activities.
As per its recently released annual report, the ISFU has noticed a decent progress made by the Osool Poultry project in the previous year. ‘The project team completed most of the final detailed design milestones in 2018. In addition, one of the noticeable achievements was completing some of the commercial activities, including tendering and awarding of enabling work contracts and machinery’, the report said.
The ISFU report said that Osool Poultry project’s remaining tendering activities related to civil works and slaughterhouse are expected to be completed in 2019. Meanwhile, the project team will start mobilisation and site construction by the middle of 2019. All required approvals for electricity connection are to be obtained by the second quarter of 2019, the report said.
It noted that Osool Poultry project is crucial for meeting the increasing demand for poultry products in the sultanate. Poultry industry in Oman and other GCC countries are heavily dependent on imported hatched eggs to run their operations.
The ISFU said that the breeder project could help Oman to achieve 80-85 per cent self-sufficiency in hatched eggs and will also create jobs for local youths in the farm sector. Based in Haima, Osool Poultry will also supply a percentage of production to the surrounding GCC countries from the forecast annual production of 150mn hatching eggs.