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Qatar keen to support food security projects, says minister

Qatar keen to support food security projects, says minister

QNA
Doha
Qatar is keen to support food security projects with plans for both agricultural and animal production, Minister of Municipality and Environment HE Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al Subaie has said.
Speaking to reporters at the opening ceremony of the agricultural and livestock production project of the National Group for Agricultural and Animal (Mazzraty) on Thursday, Subaie said similar projects have been lined up to be launched in the near future.
Several projects had been launched since the beginning of the blockade and many others are being implemented in the fields of fodder, poultry farming, milk production, fish and other food security projects, he added.
The minister said Qatar has achieved 24 percent self-sufficiency in vegetables, which is expected to reach 70 percent over the next five years. Qatar has already achieved 100 percent self-sufficiency in the production of live poultry or meat and dairy.
He said there are comprehensive plans to determine the ratios of production for each area within the next five years.
Subaie praised Mazzraty project for agricultural and livestock production and said this project is a model for investing in such vital and important sector, especially as the project has been implemented and designed with the highest quality of various components and technical details, to make a significant contribution to food security in Qatar.
He said the number of participants in Qatar’s 7th International Agricultural Exhibition (AgriteQ), which will be launched next Tuesday alongside the first environmental exhibition, has doubled. He said the events will witness the signing of a number of agreements and memoranda of understanding.
He said AgriteQ is important as a strategic platform to explore new horizons for upgrading the Qatari agricultural sector as a food security pillar, which is a strategic priority for self-sufficiency.
Head of the animal wealth department at the ministry Eng Abdulaziz Zeyara said Mazzraty is one of the successful projects within the framework of the food security plan. Other similar initiatives will be announced during AgriteQ.
The total number of livestock in Qatar is 1,589,000 heads, of which 1 million are sheep and 400,000 goats, while the rest are distributed to other varieties, he said.
Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Development Bank (QDB) Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Khalifa said it’s one of the public-private partnership projects and represents an important focus on the mechanisms of supporting food security in Qatar.
Khalifa said QDB is proud of its role in supporting food security projects in Qatar and its support to the private sector and small and medium-sized projects.
“Most of the Qatari farms are supported by the bank. The bank has specialised funding programmes for each farm, in addition to its support to livestock farms as part of its strategy to achieve food security and benefiting Qatari farmers. This includes credit facilities for entrepreneurs to establish sheds, slaughterhouses and other components and facilities of any major project,” he said.
Khalifa said the bank also funds farms for agricultural production, supporting the livestock production within the country.
Khalifa said QDB has three main programsme: livestock support program and farm support and agricultural resources and fisheries support.
Chairman of National Company for Industrialization and Marketing of Food and Agriculture Abdulrahman Hamad al Manie said the project came from the directives of the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani calling for self-reliance and self-sufficiency in the production of food and medicine, diversification of resources and achieving economic independence.
He said the project was established at a cost of QR412 million in an area of 2 million square metres. The project will produce 7 million birds annually as a first stage, thus achieving self-sufficiency of chicken broilers in the current period, considering it an integrated project since it contains the feed processing unit with a production capacity of 175,000 tonnes per year and a complete automatic slaughter at speeds of 6,000 birds per hour and hatchery with a capacity of 14 million and a plant for organic fertilizer, and has been implemented during a period of time, taking advantage of local and international experiences.

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