Muscat, The Diwan of Royal Court today marked
at the Al Wahat Club the establishment of Oman Dates Development
Company, in cooperation with Oman National Investments
Development Company (Tanmia). The newly-established company will
be the investment arm of the One Million Date Palm Trees Project,
which was ordered by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.
The ceremony was held under the auspices of Dr. Khamis bin Saif
al-Jabri, Head of the Implementation and Follow up Support Unit.
Dr. Rashid bin Seif al-Shaqsi, Director General of the One Million
Date Palm Trees Project delivered a speech where he expressed deep
thanks and gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said who gave
Royal orders to plant one million tree out of His Majesty’s belief in the
importance of the date palm tree. He added that His Majesty the Sultan
affirmed that this project will enhance the food security in the Sultanate
and contribute to enhancing the economic, social, cultural, and
environmental resources of the Sultanate.
He pointed out that the world-class main complex of the company
which will cost about RO 92 million will be set up in the Wilayat of
Nizwa. The complex will include the central processing units, the
secondary products-based industries and the innovative industries.
On his part, Sheikh Rashid bin Seif Al Mardhouf al-Saadi, CEO of
Tanmia delivered a speech where he pointed out that the establishment
of the company is the outcome of the close and constructive
cooperation between the Diwan of Royal Court represented by the One
Million Date Palm Tree Project and Oman National Investments
Development Company (Tanmia) with direct support from the
Implementation and Follow Up Support Unit.
The joint work pillars were established through the cooperation with
specialized organizations and consultants to review the investment
opportunities and prepare the technical and financial studies. The U.K
based Systemic Innovation, a specialized company in the field of
innovation has been appointed to conduct the feasibility study for the
date palm tree products and wastes in cooperation with the Industrial
The investment areas include producing assorted products extracted
from date palm trees, such as juices and syrups. In addition, other
by-products include natural coal, date palm lumbar, fodder and
fertilizers. This will be carried out in cooperation with specialized
investors in a bid to create high quality products that can compete at
the world markets.
The project also aims at having a modern date palm tree sector in the
Sultanate to ensure optimum utilization of the available resources.
It also seeks to create a modern date processing sector that uses the
most advanced technological applications in products in parallel with
the development of the traditional crafts for secondary products and
maintaining the Omani heritage in this fields. The project also aims at
enhancing the economic capabilities of the Omani agriculture in
general and encouraging food processing.
The One Million Date Palm Trees Project aims to produce 96,000
tonnes of dates and about 56,000 tonnes of date palm products, such
as fronds, trunks, trunk bases, offshoot and others.
Source: Oman News Agency