His Majesty King of Malaysia Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, His Royal Highness Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail,The Crown Prince of Perlis and his official delegation visited Baladna Farms, the market leader in dairy and beverages in Qatar, on occasion of a state visit to the country yesterday. The visit follows an agreement between Baladna and several Malaysian companies to jointly establish a state-of-the-art integrated dairy farm in Malaysia.
The visit was attended by Senior members of Touch Group Berhard and FGV Holdings Berhard; Ambassador of Malaysia to the State of Qatar H.E. Zamshari Shaharan and board members of Baladna.
Commenting on the visit, Moutaz Al-Khayyat, Group Chairman, said: “It was an honour to receive King of Malaysia Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Baladna and to tour our facilities. Our close relationship with Malaysia continues to expand with bilateral agreements, aimed at exporting Baladna’s successful sustainable production concept to other countries to ensure food security. We continue in our commitment to supporting Malaysia’s national food security agenda and look forward to much more collaboration in the future.”
An initial meeting between Baladna officials and the Malaysian delegation was held in August of this year at the National Palace of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.
The integrated dairy farm project, led by Baladna along with Malaysia’s FGV Holdings Berhad (FGV) a government linked company and Touch Group Holdings Sdn Bhd (TGH), is expected to be commercially operational soon and to produce 100 million litres of fresh milk per annum within the first three years. Based on Baladna’s highly successful “grass to glass” concept, the joint venture will be fully integrated, from crop production to livestock feeding, and processing and sale of high-quality fresh milk.
For Baladna, Qatar’s largest locally-owned food and dairy supplier, the project in Malaysia is part of an ongoing strategy to expand its successful milk and dairy production model to other countries to address food security and promote sustainable food production with minimal impact on the environment.
A proud 100 percent Qatari brand, Baladna routinely receives foreign delegations in line with its long-term growth strategy. Today, Baladna exports locally-produced goods across the region, including to Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Oman.