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Project to produce 7 million birds annually

Project to produce 7 million birds annually

Turn Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Development Bank (QDB) Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Khalifa said the project is one of the public-private partnership projects and represents an important focus in supporting food security in Qatar. Khalifa said QDB is proud of its developmental 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 QDB has three main programmes: livestock support programme and farm support and agricultural resources and fisheries support. Chairman of National Company for Industrialisation 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 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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