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Oman firm signs deal for Qatar poultry project

$68m agreement will see A'Saffa manage project to meet 20% of chicken, egg demand.

Oman firm signs deal for Qatar poultry project
EGGS DEMAND: The new project will supply 20 percent of Qatars egg and chicken demand. (Getty Images)

Oman company A'Saffa Poultry has signed a $68m deal to manage a project which aims to supply Qatar with 20 percent of its demand for poultry and eggs.

The agreement has been inked with Hassad Food of Qatar and when operational the farm project will have a capacity of 17,000 metric tonnes of chicken per annum and 90 million eggs.

Hassad Food, Qatar's main investor in the agriculture and livestock sector, and A'Saffa Poultry said the project would be up and running within 30 months.

Nasser Mohamed Al Hajri, chairman and managing director of Hassad Food, said: "The new poultry farm in Qatar will comply to Islamic Shariah principles in its maintenance and slaughtering of the chicken and will have a new label of its own.

"The 30sq km farm will be located towards the south of Qatar away from the residential areas and produce up to 17,000 metric tones of chicken and 90 million eggs annually."

Production is expected to start within 30 months.

Last month, Hassad Food Company announced the establishment of a joint venture with a capital of $100m in Sudan.

The deal is part of a planned $1bn agricultural investment in the African country.

Al Hajri hailed the agreement as the beginning of a plan by his company to achieve food security for both Qatar and Sudan.

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