Tanmiah Food Company launches US$1m sustainable chicken waste disposal challenge in Saudi Arabia

SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s leading manufacturer and distributor of food and agricultural products, Tanmiah Food Company (TFC) has launched the Omnipreneurship Awards: Sustainability Branch Grand Challenge aimed to inspire innovative ways of disposing excess chicken waste generated by their farms.

TFC is looking for solutions that will create new processes for converting and using the growing amounts of chicken manure towards value-added products for TFC’s core business.

“Tanmiah aims to become the leading sustainable poultry company in the region, as a net carbon-negative poultry producer and to serve as an exemplary circular business model in the region.”

TFC’s CEO – Zulfiqar Hamadani

The challenged is in partnership with service providers NineSigma.

TFC has indicated that it is opened to the general public for participation and deadline for entry submission is December 15th 2020 at 11:59 pm CET.

After submissions are received and assessed, 5 organizations will be shortlisted in January 2021 to receive a US$20,000 prize before proceeding to the final round.

The winner who will be crowned in June 2021 will proceed to receive a USD$1 million award for their solution.

Having operations in the poultry industry, Tanmiah acknowledges that intensive poultry production has adversely affected the environment.

The storage and disposal of raw poultry manure has become an issue because of the associated air, water and soil pollution.

Landfilling the poultry litter leads to greenhouse gas emissions; poultry manure decomposes into ammonia which has adverse effects on the health of birds and farm workers; poor manure-management leads to pollution of soil and water with pathogens and heavy metals, etc.

“Given the sector’s rapid growth rate, measures to reduce these emissions are needed. Existing technologies remain harmful to the environment, contributing to water and air pollution, and a deep carbon footprint,” stated the company.

TFC’s goal is to transform this harmful production process into a carbon-negative value chain, which positively contributes to the environment.

“Tanmiah aims to become the leading sustainable poultry company in the region, as a net carbon-negative poultry producer and to serve as an exemplary circular business model in the region,” said TFC’s CEO, Zulfiqar Hamadani.

The Omnipreneurship Awards Program is the actualization of parent company, Al-Dabbagh Group’s (ADG), governing corporate culture, that operates with a commitment to being a positive global corporate citizen.

Previously, ADG has championed other awards programs: The Stars Impact Awards, recognizing impactful global NGOs and providing them with funding for their work; and the Philanthropreneurship Award, given to an individual or organization that blends business and philanthropy to solve key global challenges.

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