New stores to clean and package potatoes will open in the first quarter of 2012 in the Fruit and Vegetable Market at Al Aweer, said Sabria Ayub, Head of Investment Division at Dubai Municipality.
The project starts with 24 stores with each covering an area of 30 meters, in addition to auxiliary services, at a cost of Dh14 million.
She said that project was designed in collaboration with the traders involved in trading of potatoes. The project is funded entirely by the merchants by paying the rents of warehouses of the project.
The project was designed according to international best practices and takes into account the availability of health standards in cleaning, sorting and re-mobilization of potatoes. Merchants have been directed to use the methods of modern technology in screening of potatoes instead of manual methods.
She said around 800,000 tonnes of potatoes are traded every year, so it was necessary to implement this project, which is the first of its kind regionally.
Sabria revealed that because of the enormous interest of traders to book stores, more than 60 applications were submitted, the investment department is considering the establishment of a second phase of the project.
She explained that the department is keen to implement the investment strategy of the Government of Dubai to attract investors and traders.