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

Innovation Center.

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