Qatar will build a QR1.6bn food storage and processing facility at Hamad Port capable of supplying stockpile for three main commodities � rice, sugar and edible oils, for 3mn people for two and a half years, it was announced on Sunday.

HE the Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti made the announcement after a signing ceremony between the New Port Project (NPP) Steering Committee and Al Jaber Engineering (JEC), the main contractor and designer of the Strategic Food Security Facilities Project.

Al-Sulaiti said the facilities will be built on a 530,000sqm area adjacent to Hamad Port, adding that the project consists of specialized facilities for the processing, manufacturing and refining of rice, raw sugar and edible oils, which will be available for local, regional and global use.

He noted that Phase 1 of the Strategic Food Security Facilities Project is expected to be completed in 26 months.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the event, New Port Project Executive Director, Maisar Jamil el-Qutami, said the facility will have a daily capacity of 300 metric tons of rice, 300mt of raw sugar and 200mt of edible oils.

The project has the flexibility to add other commodities, and it is capable of producing animal feeds and food stocks from rice and sugar byproduct, said el-Qutami, who added that the facility could spare 30% of its production for export.

Al-Sulaiti said the project also includes bulk storage silos, including infrastructure and conveyance equipment, as well as structures for handling, processing, packaging, reloading and transport.

Source: Government of Qatar