Omani contractor to build $18m chicken breeding hub
The complex is one of the projects geared toward enhancing food security in Oman
Oman National Engineering and Investment Company (ONEIC) will build a cluster of broiler houses in the country's western region as part of the sultanate's efforts to enhance food security.
ONEIC won an $18.5m (OMR7.1m) contract from A'Nama Poultry Company, a subsidiary of state-owned Oman Food Investment Holiday Company (OFIC), to build an undisclosed number of broiler sheds and associated facilities.
It is unclear when construction will begin on the project, which is located in A'Dhahirah governorate of western Oman, but the chicken complex will be completed on 31 May 2020, the contractor said in a filing on the Muscat Securities Market.
Oman is pushing to strengthen its food security and limit dependency on imports by increasing its agribusiness manufacturing and production capabilities. In April, OFIC signed multiple contracts to fund projects that support national food production, one of which was handed to A'Nama Poultry Company.
A deal for initial construction works of Al Bashayir Meat Company was also agreed by OFIC, which said the meat-processing factory had a development cost of $96.1m (OMR37m).
In March, OFIC unveiled plans to build a soya production facility worth $100m (OMR38.5m). When the factory reaches full production capacity, it will pump out more than 680,000 tonnes (t) of fodder and 150,000t of soya.