Muscat: Mazoon Dairy Company, the flagship dairy company of the Sultanate of Oman, is investing in the latest global dairy technology at its new facility in Al Buraimi, with a goal to produce 200 million litres of milk annually by 2026.
Construction of the 40,000 square metre fully-integrated centralised processing plant in Al Sunayna is progressing rapidly, with production earmarked to commence early 2019.
Once complete, the site will contain a processing, filling and packaging facility that will include a state-of-the-art, fully automated milking parlour along with chilling and storage facilities with zero human intervention.
An integrated bottle production unit will produce the required packaging materials in-house to ensure that the dairy and juice products are monitored and maintained from start to finish. The highly automated technology being used involves minimal human intervention which will ensure that Mazoon Dairy is recognized for the innovative nature of its manufacturing processes.
Mazoon Dairy is also partnering with global leaders in food production and packaging, including Tetra Pak, the foremost food processing and packaging solutions company in the world to ensure the supply and installation of all dairy processing equipment, including milk reception and storage, homogenization and pasteurization machines, as well as all refrigerators and other utility requirements.
Commenting on the technology at the farm, Dr Arjun Subramanian, General Manager of Mazoon Dairy, said: “Our dairy plant will be the newest and one of the most technologically advanced in the region and will use the latest international milking technology to produce and package the freshest dairy and juice products. Our long-term goal is to reduce Oman’s dependency on dairy and juice imports from 69 per cent in 2014 to only 13 per cent by 2026 and set a new benchmark in the production and export of high-quality dairy products in the region.”
The first 3,000 Holstein-Friesian cows at the facility will be imported from Europe will be housed in an environment-controlled barn, with computer controlled cooling systems. The farm will also employ state-of-the-art systems to ensure that the animals are fed high-quality natural feed, to ensure milk production of the highest standards. Meanwhile a waste water treatment plant will process the waste generated out of farm and the treated water will be used to irrigate the area around the facility, as well as convert it into organic fertilizers that will be available for local farmers.