The countdown has begun for the start of the first phase operations of Al Morooj Dairy Company. The project, which is all set to take off in November, will be the first project in the Sultanate of Oman to produce camel milk commercially.
It is expected to support livestock breeders by purchasing their products directly. The project’s production capacity is 18,000 litres of cow and camel milk per day and 6 million litres annually.
According to officials, there will be three collection centres at three locations in Dhofar — Zeek, Ghado and Hajeef — where raw milk from the breeders will be received in the morning and evening. Each centre will be equipped with stalls for receiving, checking and weighing milk.
The milk received will be put immediately in cooling equipment and cold milk collection tanks. In addition, there would be provision for a laboratory and a computer programme to receive and record milk.
The received milk will undergo an examination with an advanced technology called (Milkoscreen) to assess the milk’s quality validity.
The project aligns with the Sultanate of Oman’s focus on strengthening the national economy by supporting local projects to meet the increasing demand for dairy and its derivatives.
The Sultanate of Oman’s fresh milk production increased by 115 per cent between 2019 and 2020, as data issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information indicated that local production of fresh dairy rose from 100,000 tonnes in 2019 to 215,000 tonnes in 2020.
The credit goes to Mazoon Dairy, which started production in 2017. The company expects its milk production will reach 202 million litres by 2026 and 985 million litres by 2040.