Qatar: Your Health First reaps fruit of labour on ‘Harvest Day’

Your Health First held its first ‘Harvest Day’ event to celebrate bringing in a large crop of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Qatar under the Khayr Qatarna initiative, which boosts self-sufficiency and encourages healthy eating.

Dignitaries from Qatar Foundation, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, ExxonMobil Qatar, and Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd were at the Harvest Day event at Amna bint Wahab Preparatory School for Girls to see students bringing in a bumper crop of tomatoes.

Harvests at nine other schools participating in Khayr Qatarna yielded plentiful crops of fruit and vegetables including strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, coloured peppers, red cabbage and green beans. All the crops have been granted the status of ‘Premium Products’ — an indication of their freshness and quality — by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.

All of the produce has been grown in large-scale climate-controlled greenhouses installed at the schools by Your Health First as part of the Khayr Qatarna initiative, which was launched in 2018 to help make a positive contribution to Qatar’s self-sufficiency. The initiative also teaches students valuable lessons about healthy eating, agriculture, environmental awareness, and sustainability issues.

Students are also learning about key business operations, such as logistics, commerce and economics, helping the younger generation gain the knowledge required to achieve the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030. Harvest Day will now be held every year to celebrate the bringing in of the crop.

Read more at The Peninsula (Sanaullah Ataullah)


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