The mill will also produce 30 tons of animal feed per operational day from the wheat bran and germ, which is separated from the endosperm of the wheat kernel and is not used in flour making. The feed will be sold to the local livestock exporters as Somaliland and Somalia currently rank among the top in the world in livestock exports. Furthermore both regions as a whole suffer from intermittent droughts and historically natural grazing lands are scarce. There is no major animal feed supplier, this puts Boodhari flour mills in a position to fill the market need.
The United Nations, Islamic Relief Organizations and many other entities purchase food for the developing world in large quantities. Boodhari Mills is on the vendor list of the united nations food program and can act quickly and deliver nutrition dense premium whole wheat flour once production starts. Fortified with micro-nutrients and deliver to any region within a matter of hours and not weeks which is the current scenario right now. By utilizing Boodhari Mills, these organizations get competitive food price per unit, below the cost of procuring in the international markets. More importantly accomplish their goal of reaching the Somali people, a win-win situation for Boodhari and these organizations. Simply put, they save money which can be used to buy more goods to relief more hunger. The problem of coordination and overseas shipments and delays of critical life saving sustenance will be eliminated once Boodhari Mills starts production and will fill this market gap.
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Berbera gets 328 days of sunshine annually and is ideal for solar energy generation. An energy assessment has been completed for the project and hybrid energy system is viable. We are currently in pursuit of affordable solar battery storage systems including tesla's which is currently not available in Africa and quite expensive in the united states. For the time being the sources of power for the project are electric diesel generators, however it will not be the only source of energy in the years to come. This will lower operating cost in the long term and contribute to the competitive edge of Boodhari Mills over imports.The factory will be generating it's own power with machinery at the same price as power generating companies and will not be purchasing the famous $1 kwh rates. Fuel prices have significantly come down in the last few years.
The conditions that exist in Somaliland are at their best, Dubai Ports World committed to investing $442 million to upgrade the Berbera Port capabilities. Ethiopia has also signed a memorandum of understanding and committed to importing 30% of Ethiopia's trade needs from the port. This will position Boodhari Mills to export flour to Ethiopia which is landlocked and incurs much higher cost in obtaining goods from the international markets. In-fact Boodhari flour may be one of the only few products that is made in Somaliland which Ethiopia has a true need for it.
Sustainable community development is at the core of Boodhari Mills, and the project will create more than 75 direct jobs and a lot more. We intend to be involved in the communities we operate in. Boodhari will empower women in rural areas (tuulo) who sell bakery products by supplying (selling) to them small affordable enriched 5kg and 10 kg Premium Boodhari Bur sealed packages. The rural families do not have the capital to buy 50kg packages. The second phase of the sustainable program will involve direct training in bakery and business development to help uplift the women of the rural communities.