Emirates Modern Poultry Co, also known as Al Rawdah has announced that it is investing AED120 million ($32.6 million) as an initial investment in a new poultry farm in Abu Dhabi's Liwa area.
The company, the first poultry farm in the UAE to receive the Halal certificate from Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), said the investment is a further commitment to the UAE's food security.
Al Rawdah said it has signed contracts with LAE-Anlagenbau for the manufacturing production machinery, Amandus Kahl to design and build the feed mills, and Prompt Contracting for contractual works.
Phase 1 of Liwa has already started, and farm production will reduce Al Rawdah's reliance on imported hatching eggs by 50 percent, the company said.
The 5 million sq m Liwa farm will house six hen houses with 7,000 birds in each.
The development comes as Al Rawdah saw turnover hit AED180 million in 2015, with a 10 percent increase in sales expected for 2016.
"We are very proud to announce the launch of our new Liwa facility, which will be of tremendous long-term benefit to both Al Rawdah's operations and the UAE's poultry sector. The country as a whole will benefit from increased food security and sustainable development through a state of the art facility that can produce its own eggs, hatch its own chicks and guarantee long-term sustainability and excellence," said Al Rawdah's chairman Abdalla Al Owais.