New Abu Dhabi rice mill to start operations next year

A rice mill with a production capacity of 80,000 tonnes a year will start operations in Abu Dhabi in the second quarter of 2016, a senior executive said on Sunday.

The Al Dahra Kohinoor facility, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi’s agribusiness firm Al Dahra Holding and India’s Kohinoor Foods, will be located in the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).

“Al Dahra Kohinoor facility will ensure the sustainable and undisrupted supply of essential food commodities into the Emirate (Abu Dhabi) and we are eager to launch operations by the second quarter of 2016,” Khadim Al Darei, vice chairman and managing director of Al Dahra Holding said in a statement.

Al Dahra is the government’s strategic partner on food security matters. The UAE relies on imports for 85 per cent of its food consumption.

The facility will handle the full production cycle from milling, storing, packing and distributing the rice within the UAE and exporting to foreign markets via Khalifa Port.

The Dh140 million facility will have a storage capacity of 50,000 tonnes of rice, the statement said.

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