On October 7th, 2019, Sheikh Dr. Faleh bin Nasser Al Thani, Assistant Under-Secretary for Agriculture and Fisheries Affairs at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, stated that Qatar’s domestic poultry production satisfied 100% of the country’s internal market demand for fresh chicken.
This benchmark achievement wasn’t only confined to poultry production, in fact, Qatar has become self-sufficient in dairy products as well.
Qatar’s self-sufficiency in the poultry and dairy sector is noteworthy for the two principal reasons: firstly, it demonstrates Qatar’s ability to achieve their food-security objectives, which in turn alleviated the negative economic affects of the blockade, and, secondly, it highlights the country’s internal market capacity and dexterity to tackle and/or adapt to external market pressures.
During his visit to National Group for Agriculture and Animal Products, Sheikh Dr. Al Thani commented, “we currently have a surplus of dairy products, where local production reached 109 percent, egg production also rose to 40 percent which will increase with the joining of other farms in the coming period.”
In addition, Sheikh Dr. Faleh bin Nasser Al Thani noted that Qatar will seek to export its poultry and dairy surpluses to foreign markets, and expects to further integrate the country’s domestic agricultural sector via state-led initiatives. These state-supported measures will include the construction of greenhouses, the installation of efficient production inputs and irrigation systems/technology, feed, fertilizers and pesticides.
Furthermore, the Minister stated that local farm production is projected to increase from 10,000 tonnes per year to a staggering 90,000 by 2020 as a result of modern farms equipped with greenhouse technologies.
Currently, there are 1,300 active and productive farms in Qatar. Overall production and output is expected to increase as new greenhouses are being built to increase yields and to decrease water consumption.
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