As part of PDO’s Banat Oman social enterprise initiative, a new dairy in wilayat Taqa has been established. At the dairy, women from low income families have been trained to produce a range of delicious products, including yoghurt, cheese, butter and cream, which make use of the plentiful supply of milk in the surrounding area.
It has already proven a big success, having secured a contract to supply the Lulu hypermarket chain. And now the dairy has achieved global recognition, after receiving a prestigious award from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, which the women say is a tremendous incentive for them to keep progressing.
The project had been put forward for the UN awards by the Oman Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. It duly finished first in its category, with the award being presented at an official ceremony hosted by the Ministry under the auspices of His Excellency Dr Ahmed Al Bakri, the Undersecretary.