Building for the future
Sudan is a massive country blessed with abundant natural resources and resourceful people, molded by a harsh physical environment and challenging trading conditions. DAL Group has successfully built a diverse and resilient organization, with a focus on key capabilities, in order to not only survive, but to thrive, in these unique conditions. In many cases, our capabilities not only lead the industries in Sudan, but in the broader region as well.
DAL Agriculture develops and manages its own large-scale farms, including two in Khartoum State, two pilot farms in northern Sudan, and is rapidly expanding in other areas of the country. It also boasts a dairy farm with 5500 high-yielding Friesian-Holstein dairy cows, with a plan to reach 10,000. In addition to this, the company also produces alfalfa, corn (for animal feed), local wheat (for pasta) and are in the process of testing a number of other crops for future diversification.
On the Other side the agricultural division of DAL Engineering is dedicated to offering farmers in Sudan and the surrounding region with quality products and services for a wide variety of agricultural activities from land preparation to harvesting. The company strives to provide its clients and partners with agricultural solutions tailored to the region that increase productivity and cost-effectiveness.
The Journey to Success
DAL Agricultural Services was founded in 1984, and emerged out of the initial involvement of SUTRAC in agricultural equipment distribution and support, which began 20 years prior. By 1990, the company was ploughing over 1 million acres annually, and grew to become the largest of its kind in the entire Africa and Middle East region.
DAL Agricultural Services was the first company to introduce high capacity low ground pressure tillage machinery in Sudan. This new equipment was perfectly tailored for Sudanese fields and soil. Later, when the shift in national focus from agriculture to oil caused a decline in the farming industry, DAL Agricultural Services began to accept payment-in-kind from many customers, and from this, the business of trading local crops such as sorghum was developed.
The available farming infrastructure and steadily declining customer base prompted DAL Group to consider creating more farming inputs by starting its own farming venture, and in 2006 a large, modern dairy farm was established in Ailafoun. The new operation required a supply of appropriate fodder, so the establishment of alfalfa plantations was the next priority; by 2010, a new farm, Al Waha, was established to focus on crop farming. This, along with the introduction of advanced pivot irrigation methods, has led to today’s output of over 80 million tonnes of top-grade, sun ripened fodder, which supplies not only the company’s needs, but also neighboring farms and export markets.
DAL Food manages a total area of 100,000 Hectares
15,000 tonnes of corn
Total production per annum 15,000 tonnes of corn
7,500 tonnes of wheat
Total production per annum 7,500 tonnes of wheat
127 centre pivots are currently in operation.
DAL Agriculture currently employs 550 people
Strengths and Capabilities
One of the objectives of establishing DAL Agriculture within DAL Food was to build a highly capable workforce to allow for efficient, large scale, high quality, and cost effective farming.
A number of technical and managerial competencies were developed to this end, including: Agronomy as a key skill ,Centre pivot irrigation specialists to install, operate, maintain, and service the system ,Farm utility engineers to build and maintain canals, roads, yards and various facilities ,Electrical engineers to run and maintain main irrigation pumps and accessories ,Mechanical agricultural engineers, technicians and operators to run various agricultural equipment and Farm accounting and supply chain specialists
DAL Agriculture now employs the best specialists in the country to cover the above skillsets, and has created many job opportunities for Sudanese citizens living near and around its farms, thus continuing DAL’s commitment to building and sustaining the communities that support it.
DAL Agriculture is continuously spending efforts to develop the business and improve farming process. That includes: Building a QA/QC system, connecting farms to the main national electrical grid to replace the use of diesel generators, installing soil moisture sensors to fine-tune irrigation practices and erecting a grass line compound within Al Waha to process fodder for the feed factory and export.