The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) of Qatar has distributed 72 greenhouses to 24 productive farms. The initiative aims at supporting local farms to continue vegetable production during summer. The fresh support with greenhouses will encourage beneficiary agricultural farms to increase their production, the Ministry has tweeted.
Under other different services, the Ministry provided 6,010 baskets of seeds to 435 farms. A total of 452 farms with cultivated lands in the area of 13,600 Dunam also received services of plowing and leveling from the Ministry. The Agricultural Affairs Department provided guidance to the farmers. During May and June 2021, a team of experts from the Department made 788 visits to the farms to provide necessary agricultural guidance to farmers. A total of 696 visits were also made to inspect the corps and farms during the period of study.
The supports are part of a multi-million Qatari Riyal project of MME to support the local farms to increase the agricultural produce to a sufficient level. The State Food Security Projects 2019-2023 which was launched by MME, targets to make Qatar 70 percent self-sufficient in fresh vegetable production by 2023. To achieve the goal, the projects focus to increase local agricultural produce in two ways. The first way is to boost existing farms by making them fully and round-the-year productive with the support of greenhouses, the latest agricultural technologies and seeds, fertilizers, and marketing platforms.
The second way is to launch new major projects with the support of the private sector under which a number of projects already launched and now they are under construction.
In January this year, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment revealed to establish plant factories to ensure production of leafy vegetables round the year. The agricultural season in the country is limited to some months so the idea behind the plan is to provide leafy vegetables year-round with the help of proposed plant factories.
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