SOHAR MILL TO BE READY IN TWO YEARS, SAYS ALI HABAJ

MUSCAT: Ali Habaj, CEO, Oman Flour Mills said on Monday that construction work on the new mill in Sohar has begun and it should be ready within two years.

Habaj said the new mill – as large as the one in Muttrah – would be a strategic asset to the company. “It’s a good location because of the port,” he said. “And it’s very close to Dubai, so exports will be even easier.” The company signed a land lease agreement with Sohar Port in January to allow for construction.

Habaj reiterated that Oman is self-sufficient in flour and bread production. While Oman doesn’t grow enough wheat to meet the domestic demand, he said that imported stocks could be processed to make enough flour.

According to Habaj, discussions are ongoing with India and Brazil to import rice and soybean for processing.

“There are lots of things we are now in the progress of studying, which will support food security in Oman.”

SOURCE: Muscat Daily