The dairy production in Baladna Farm is expected to reach the level of self-sufficient by the end of April next year.
“A total of 4,000 cows being imported from various countries will reach Doha by mid-September this year taking our milk production to 100 tonnes per day by mid November 2017. After the import of 4,000 cows, we have plans to import more 10,000 dairy cows which will arrive in Qatar in different phases,” said John Joseph Dore, CEO of Baladna.
He informed that the capacity of Baladna farm is expected to touch 300 tonnes per day, which he believes, would be sufficient to meet domestic demands.
The Farm has also started expansion work at the facility to host a big number of livestock. Qatar Airways Cargo transported the country’s first two shipments of 230 Holstein cows from Europe on a Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777 freighter. These initial shipments were part of a 4,000-head herd that marked the launch of a new dairy industry for Qatar.
Raid Moussa, Sales Manager at Baladna, said that currently they were supplying around 100,000 heads of sheep and goats to the local market. “From next year, we will also start the supply of beef to the local market,” he said.
He added: “All regional plants are using decades-old technology but Baladna has the most sophisticated and latest technology.”
Baladna is a subsidiary of Power International Holding, the farm has built special cowsheds which has a temperature control system. The Farm is spread over 700,000 sqm, which also has 40,000 Awassi sheep able to withstand high temperature and produce high-quality milk. The farm also houses 5,000 goats and an animal feed mill yielding 100 tonnes per day.
When first two shipments of cows arrived in Doha, Power International Holding Chairman Moutaz Al Khayyat said: “We are proud to expand the dairy industry in Qatar, and are thankful to Qatar Airways Cargo for the expedient, safe and secure transportation of the cattle. With the arrival of the dairy cows, we aim to meet 30-35 per cent of the imported milk demand in the country within two months.”
Assistant Undersecretary for Agriculture and Fisheries Affairs at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment Sheikh Dr Faleh bin Nasser Al Thani had said that new livestock production projects in Qatar included Baladna livestock farm, which targeted 40 percent share in dairy products’ market in the country.
He added that local dairy products like Ghadeer, Maha and Dandy were also rising their production to make the country self-sufficient in six months.