Qatar exhibition focuses on food security
Food sustainability in Qatar comes under the spotlight at the 4th Qatar International Agricultural Exhibition
Doha Exhibition Center is playing host to the 4th Qatar International Agricultural Exhibition.
The exhibition will be held for three days until November 12, and is seen as an opportunity for the exchange of expertise in a variety of areas within agriculture, as well as exploring modern irrigation methods.
After the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, H E Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud said: “Qatar’s food security plans have begun to materialise, and the contribution of domestic production to self-sufficiency is increasing through many agricultural projects and animal production projects.”
He thanked the Emir, H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for providing support to the agricultural sector and urged Qatari farmers to double animal and fish production, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.
The show is held under the patronage of Prime Minister and Interior Minister, H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, at the Doha Exhibition Center.
A selection of diverse farm products were represented at the exhibition, in addition to products from other GCC states.
This collaboration serves to help local producers exchange experience with their regional and global counterparts, the deputy PM said.
More than 180 local and international companies are exhibiting their agricultural and food products.
According to the Minister of Environment, H E Ahmed Amer Mohamed Al Humaidi, this year many prominent agriculture technology companies are taking part in the exhibition.
The show also serves as a rare opportunity to Qatari investors and farm owners to make investment deals in various fields of agriculture, Al Humaidi added.
He also applauded all participants in the exhibition, including Qatari farms and companies as well as the embassies of various countries, which he highlighted reflected the important role the exhibition played in attracting and promoting domestic agricultural products.
Minister of Transport H E Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti hailed Qatari agricultural products for their quality, packaging and availability.
Over 90 local companies and 80 international companies are taking part in the exhibition.
Dr Sheikh Faleh bin Nasser Al Thani, Assistant Undersecretary for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources at the Ministry of Environment observed: “As for red meat, local producers are meeting between five and 10% of needs, and for dates we cover 80% of local needs.”