Massive flour mill complex launched near Makkah

Updated 16 June 2015
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Massive flour mill complex launched near Makkah

JAMOOM, Makkah: People in Saudi Arabia waste 35 percent of bread produced in the country, said Agriculture Minister Abdul Rahman Al-Fadli.

“We have one of the world’s highest per capita consumption of bread,” he said.
Speaking to reporters after Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal launched one of the largest grain silos and flour mills in the region, he said the price of bread in the Kingdom is one of the lowest in the world.
He said the General Organization for Grain Silos and Flour Mills tries to strengthen the skills and efficiency of its workers by sending them for intensive training inside and outside the Kingdom, in preparation for its privatization.
The government established the organization in 1972 with a single branch with a capacity of 540 tons of wheat and production capacity of 135,000 tons annually. Currently there are 14 branches with a total capacity of 2.6 million tons.
Al-Fadli commended the government’s efforts to ensure adequate supply of flour and bread in the market at the lowest rate. “Saudi Arabia has won an award from the Food and Agriculture Organization for maintaining the lowest malnutrition rate,” the minister pointed out.
Abdul Rahman Al-Ruwaitie, director general of the organization, said the facility in Jamoom would have a capacity to store 250,000 tons of wheat and two flour mills with a daily production capacity of 600 tons each.
“The plant will supply more than 5 million bags of flour annually and 1.5 million bags of bran,” Al-Ruwaitie said.
The facility includes administrative buildings, sales offices, a laboratory and housing for employees.
Speaking about other advanced systems at the plant, he said it has an automatic operation and control system as well as a cleaning and packing system. The project includes a desalination plant and a power generation plant.
The Jamoom grain silos and flour mills are located about 18 km from Makkah. Covering an area of 962,700 square meters, the plant was established at a cost of SR819 million. It has a special system to unload 1,000 tons of wheat per hour.


Youth pillars of reform plan, future of Saudi Arabia

Updated 26 min 12 sec ago
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Youth pillars of reform plan, future of Saudi Arabia

  • A survey last year showed that 92 percent of young Saudis interviewed expressed a positive view of the outcome of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030

RIYADH: Young people in Saudi Arabia are the pillars of the country’s reform plan and the future of the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal as saying.
The prince said that 70 percent of the country’s population were aged between 15 and 35, and that young people and sports were two key elements of the Vision 2030 reform plan.
“We rely heavily on the programs offered by the state in various fields of sports, the arts and entertainment for young men and women, and I hope that we always offer the best to Saudi Arabia, the Arab world and the Islamic world.”
The prince was in Cairo, attending a meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers of Youth and Sports. He said in a press statement that the Kingdom put forward many proposals throughout the year and that ministries responded positively to youth activities. 
“The Kingdom has responded positively to many of the resolutions recommended during the meeting,” he said, adding that he hoped Arab youths would benefit from the outcome of these recommendations and meetings.
SPA reported last week that young Saudis were being trained to deal with the international media as part of a project to promote the Kingdom around the world.
A survey last year showed that 92 percent of young Saudis interviewed expressed a positive view of the outcome of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030.