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One of the silos

Two grain silos launched in Jordan following capacity expansion

AMMAN, June 15, 2022

Two grain silos have been inaugurated in Jordan’s Juwaideh and Aqaba regions following an extensive renovation, which will support the kingdom’s food and security strategy for 2025. 
The AED258.7 million ($70.5 million) projects were carried out by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) to raise the capacity of the Juwaideh silo to 120,000 tonnes and the Aqaba granary to 100,000 tonnes. 
ADFD financed the projects through a grant allocated by the UAE to Jordan as part of the Arab Gulf Programme for Development (Agfund).
Revamped granaries
The revamped granaries were inaugurated by Nasser Al Shuraida, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation and Acting Minister of Industry and Trade. The ceremony was attended by Mohamed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADFD; Dana Al Zoubi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply, and other officials from both sides.
Silos are mainly used to hold essential food grains such as wheat and barley. The Juwaideh silo store has 24 vertical storages. Each main silo has a 5,000-metric-tonne capacity. A 1-megawatt solar plant has also been set up to supply energy to the granary.
The Aqaba granary has 28 additional vertical warehouses, each with a capacity of about 3,800 tonnes. Together the two silos are expected to reduce food imports, while also generating hundreds of jobs and contributing to Jordan’s economic development.
Scale of efforts
Nasser Al Shuraida said that the silos expansion project in Juwaideh and Aqaba underscored the scale of efforts of the UAE and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development to support Jordan over its development programmes. He thanked the UAE and its leadership for enabling Jordan to achieve sustainable development.
He emphasised that the UAE through ADFD financed many projects in vital sectors that had a significant impact on the Jordanian economy, which uplifted the standard of living. He called ADFD a strategic partner and a global model in terms of driving sustainable development around the world. 
Mohamed Saif Al Suwaidi said: “Our participation in the inauguration of expansion project of Juwaideh and Aqaba granaries reflects the depth of the strategic relations between the UAE and Jordan, as these pioneering projects represent a priority for Jordan’s development programmes.” 
Increasing population
He pointed out that the two silos with an expanded capacity will enhance food security and ensure that the country meets its food needs for an increasing population, in addition to keeping food price in check. “All this will further strengthen Jordan’s economy and support the government’s developmental objectives,” he said. 
Engineer Imad Ali Al-Tarawneh, General Manager of Jordan Soils and Supply General Co, said: “The mega projects reflect the vision of the wise leaderships of the two countries and their keenness to strengthen strategic relations to achieve common economic objectives. Abu Dhabi Fund for Development’s contributions to upgrade the silos will help Jordan to maintain strategic stockpile of food staples, with the quantity being one of the highest in the Arab world. These projects also help meet local market requirements for essential food grains and enhance Jordan’s food security and sustainability.”
Since 1974, ADFD financed development projects worth AED6.5 billion, mainly in strategic sectors such as energy, transport, water and agriculture, health and education. These projects supported the Jordanian government to drive socioeconomic development in the country.-- TradeArabia News Service


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