Blumberg Grain and Egypt Work Toward Largest Food Security Network for Grain Storage in MENA
Blumberg Grain, a leading US-based food security company, is working with Egypt’s Ministry of Defense’s Engineering Authority to create the Shouna Development Project. When completed, the center will result in the creation of the largest integrated food security network for grain storage in the Middle East and North Africa. Egypt currently suffers post-harvest grain losses in excess of 40%, and the integrated crop and food storage network will reduce these post-harvest losses to below 5% of production.
The project will integrate the latest grain screening, drying, cleaning, grading, and bagging technologies into its systems, creating the processing capacity of 3.7 million tons of wheat per year and 750,000 tons of new grain storage capacity. The first phase of the project will modernize 105 open air storage pits through the addition of state-of-the-art warehousing systems called Blumberg Grain Aggregation Centers for the processing and preservation of local wheat, which are estimated to save Egypt US$200 million per year.
The first three Blumberg Grain Aggregation Centers have been completed and will be used as training facilities for managers for all sites. The company is also planning for a Command Center to be located in Cairo to be a hub for monitoring security, environmental controls, and inventory management, protecting the harvest along the value chain.
"Blumberg Grain is helping advance the Egyptian Economic Development Strategy Towards 2030, which seeks to improve infrastructure, build a modern and democratic society and create jobs, says David Blumberg, chief executive officer of Blumberg Grain.