Abu Dhabi’s fresh produce and agritech company, Silal has entered into a partnership with the emirates leading food and beverage firm, Agthia Group to construct ten grain silos by the end of 2022.
As part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the grain silos will be constructed at Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi, with a total capacity of 200-kilo metric tons (KMT), and it can store multiple varieties of key grains, such as wheat, barley, and corn.
The silos, which are among the largest in the UAE with significant volume and capacity, will be considered a landmark project to support and enhance the country’s strategic food reserves program.
His Excellency Eng. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, CEO of Silal, and Alan Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Agthia Group, signed the MoU at a ceremony on the sidelines of the region’s largest F&B and hospitality event, SIAL Middle East, in which Silal is the key sponsor.
“The establishment of the silos is crucial for the UAE to ensure sufficient infrastructure is available to support the nation’s goal of achieving food sustainability through the availability of key food items at all times. We are delighted to collaborate with Agthia to increase strategic food reserves within the emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. The silos will play a vital role in food accessibility, and we look forward to working with our progressive partners to enable sustainable and forward-thinking practices. This MoU adheres to Silal’s ethos and is in line with achieving the UAE’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
Commenting on the MoU, Mr. Smith, said, “Agthia remains strategically aligned with the UAE’s vision of economic, social and environmental success of the country. Furthermore, we have been a driving force in the ESG sustainability efforts across our business operations, as per global best practices related to the food and beverage industry. This partnership represents another step in that direction.”
Under the MoU, Silal will lead the project execution, while being supported with consulting counsel by Agthia, which will lend support for the overall building of the silos. Furthermore, Agthia will manage the silos’ operation upon the project completion and provide technical consultancy services to support the project through to completion of the construction phase.