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Local Production In Qatar Increases By 300% Despite Blockade

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The Minister of Municipality and Environment H E Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi said that the local production during the siege period increased 300 percent.

He explained that the ministry is trying to provide every kind of support to various owners of productive farms and halal breeders in a bid to be self-sufficient.

“The Ministry has allocated QR105m for 2018 of the budget for support to the agricultural, fish and livestock sector with a view to achieving food security, in addition, QR70m allocated for the next five years,” the Minister added.

The ministry, along with the national farms and the halal breeders, achieved an increase in local production through supporting and encouraging farm owners, livestock breeders and fishermen.

“The Ministry has decided to expand the sources of sales and marketing to cover the remarkable increase in production,” the Minister added, expressing hope that the level of production would raise from 40 to 50 percent throughout the year.

This came during Minister’s meeting with a number of distinguished people in the agricultural sector, including the owners of productive farms, livestock breeders, fish farms and owners of nature reserves, in recognition of their efforts in developing local production in various fields.

The minister said that the aim to develop local production was to increase self-reliance, self-sufficiency and protect the the Qatari product from the effects of external products and external market, through regulating the process of entry of goods, noting that the State has taken a number of actions in this regard.

The minister also thanked the farm owners for their contribution in increasing the production during the illegal blockade by the Saudi-led group.

At the end of the meeting, the Minister honoured the owners of productive farms, livestock breeders, fish farms and owners of nature reserves with financial rewards amounting to QR4.1m.