Al Murooj Dairy inks deal to boost production through cooperative
Oman’s Al Murooj Dairy Company signed an agreement with Indian Dairy Machinery Company (IDMC) on Sunday in Salalah to boost dairy production in Dhofar by undertaking a cooperative dairy programme wherein milk will be collected from cattle farmers and in turn marketed as a final product by the company.
With this project, Oman is preparing for a white revolution similar to Operation Flood in India that transformed the country from a milk-deficient nation into the world’s largest milk producer. The agreement was signed in the presence of H E Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan bin Hamoud al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar.
The agreement was signed by Sheikh Musallam bin Said Qatan, chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Murooj Dairy, with IDMC officials. The agreement also provides for the supply of technology and laboratory instruments to test the quality of milk before it is received from cattle farmers.
Al Manarah Engineering Consultancy Company will provide the engineering design, qualification and supervision of contractors executing the engineering work. Dhofar Cattle Feed Company will facilitate the sale of fresh milk, collected from the cattle farmers, to Al Murooj Dairy, which in turn will market it as a final product.
“This is one of the food security projects of the sultanate, which was launched within the framework of the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries through the Oman Food Investment Holding Company to take the traditional production processes to the best international practices,” said Dr Nasser bin Ali Bait Said, CEO of Al Murooj Dairy.