Fujairah Ruler, Hamdan bin Zayed review work of ‘Etihad Mills’

FUJAIRAH, H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, highlighted the importance of establishing more partnerships between the public and private sectors, which will support the government’s efforts to invest in all economic sectors.

He made this statement while receiving H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region, in his residence in Dibba, Fujairah.

Sheikh Hamad also highlighted the importance of applying the UAE’s national strategy and the private sector’s participation in leading the country’s sustainable development process while noting the necessity of achieving economic diversity, to attract Arab and foreign investments.

Sheikh Hamad and Sheikh Hamdan discussed plans and projects that aim to serve the nation and its citizens.

The meeting was followed by a tour, by Sheikh Hamad and Sheikh Hamdan, to the “Etihad Mills” in Fujairah, a subsidiary of Al Dahra Holding.Etihad Mills has made tremendous improvements to upgrade, modernise and automate the silos. As a result, the silos are currently equipped with high technology cereal temperature monitoring systems, cooling machines and mobile fans for temperature control, advanced laboratory equipment and full traceability capabilities throughout the entire installation.

Sheikh Hamad and Sheikh Hamdan reviewed the operational processes of the company, as well as its storage capacity, and its contribution to establishing a national grain reserve that can be used in emergencies.

The facility, which is situated in Fujairah Port, was inaugurated in March 2016 and includes 20 grain silos with a storage capacity of around 300,000 metric tonnes.

The company markets its products, which include various types of grains, such as oats, yellow corn, legumes, barley and wheat, in local and regional markets. The UAE imports around 1 million tonnes of wheat, 650,000 tonnes of barley, and 700,000 tonnes of yellow corn per year.

At the end of the visit, Sheikh Hamdan stated that the country’s economic and investment sector has achieved ongoing successes, due to the directives of the wise leadership to create an attractive environment for local and foreign investments while noting the importance of the private sector’s pivotal role in supporting the country’s efforts to achieve comprehensive development.

“The Etihad Mills launched strategic and national projects that contributed to adopting the UAE Government’s goals related to agriculture, to achieve long-term food security and strengthen the UAE’s stature as a leading regional trading centre,” he added.

Al Dahra is a prominent multinational leader in agribusiness, specializing in the cultivation, production and trading of animal feed and essential food commodities and end-to-end supply chain management. Serving a large customer base spanning the Government and Commercial sectors, Al Dahra has a widespread geographic footprint, operating in over 20 countries and catering to more than 45 markets, with a leading position in Asia and the Middle East.The group manages and operates a land bank in excess of 400,000 acres of land with 1,200 pivots and a fleet comprising more than 2,000 farming assets in five continents.

The mills project is part of Al Dahra’s strategy in executing the UAE government mission of achieving long-term food security and in playing an active role in reinforcing the UAE position as a regional commodity trading hub. The silos will create a national grains reserve to be used for emergencies and will also allow local consumer to gain faster access to key commodities at optimum prices.

Source: Emirates News Agency