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Doha: A delegation from Baladna Food Industries visited the El Beyadh province of Algeria to discuss the possibility of launching a large-scale dairy investment project in the region.
The Baladna delegation, which was accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, visited a model farm in the Bougtob area of Algeria's western province, where plans were presented for the establishment of a milk production and cow breeding project that can prove to be a huge asset for Algeria's periodic milk supply crisis.
The planned project area covers over ten thousand hectares. Depending on the results of the feasibility reports on soil and climate, the project is expected to launch at the beginning of next year.
Commenting on the visit, Piet Hilarides, Baladna CEO said:“The visit to the pilot farm in Bougtob was one of the most important steps in our discussion about dairy production and breeding in the region. This is a very encouraging relationship as Algeria is a promising market with growing needs, and Baladna is well-equipped to create a successful partnership that will support the country's journey towards dairy self-sufficiency.”
The successful launch of this project could help reduce Algeria's milk powder imports, which currently amount to 1.4 billion dollars annually and extend the bilateral relations in the agriculture sector, helping Baladna expand its presence in the Pan-Arab market.
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