Sohar targets foodstuffs

Dubai: Oman’s Sohar port has taken another step towards diversifying its business offering with a stand at the Gulf Foods Manufacturing Exhibition in Dubai set to engage industry leaders and attract investment according to executive commercial manager, Edwin Lammers.

Having recently announced that Atyab Investment and Oman Flour Mills will build Oman’s first terminal dedicated to grain and other foodstuffs at Sohar, there are plans for grain silos with a capacity of around 200,000 tons, as well as a sugar refinery that is projected to generate 1m tonnes in raw sugar imports.

“The importing of vegetables, animal products, and foodstuffs into Oman are worth $2.7bn to the economy and with our new agricultural terminal, storage facilities, and transport links, Sohar is perfectly positioned to become a distribution centre for these products in the Gulf region,” explained Lammers.

Construction work on the sugar refinery complex, also a first for Oman, will begin at the end of the year after an agreement was signed with Oman Sugar Refinery Company LLC in April last year.  [11/11/14]

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