Posted on September 27, 2018

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has offered 34 new strategic projects for private investors to produce vegetables using greenhouse technology with an area of about 100,000sqm per project.

The Ministry pays special attention to the dissemination of soil-less farming technology. The recent period has witnessed significant growth in soil-less cultivated areas in a large number of Qatari farms. The new projects for producing vegetables in greenhouses will apply this type of technology, said the Ministry in a statement. Qatar has participated in the Arab Agriculture Day celebration held by the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development under the theme “Smart Agriculture: A Better Future for Arab Agriculture”, QNA reported.

In a statement issued on this occasion, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment said that in recent years there have seen a significant increase in the cultivated area of green houses from about 120 hectares in 2010 to more than 300 hectares this year. Qatar’s agricultural sector has achieved huge leaps in the use of modern irrigation systems in the Qatari farms, increasing the use of these systems from about 45 percent of the total cultivated area in 2010, to exceed 80 percent of the total cultivated area in Qatari farms in 2018.

The Ministry encouraged the transformation of farms from traditional irrigation to modern irrigation systems through an agreement with the Qatar Development Bank to grant farmers easy loans to install modern irrigation systems, in addition to taking some legislative measures that contribute to the transformation of modern irrigation systems. As for the green fodder production sector, the Ministry said that its strategy in this area is to reduce the use of groundwater in the cultivation of this type of feed, with the aim of using treated sewage water, pointing out that during this period, three new farms were established for the production of green fodder with treated sewage water with a total area of 650 hectares, bringing the total area cultivated with treated sewage in the state to about 4,000 hectares.

The Ministry pays great attention to organic agriculture for its high competitiveness in the Qatari market, pointing out that eight Qatari farms use the organic production method, three of which are currently marketing their vegetables in the Qatari market, while others are preparing to register for organic farming over the next few years. In the livestock sector, as one of the important and vital sectors of special interest in MME, it recently opened the Animal Production Research Center in Al- Shehaniya, which is mainly concerned with applied research in livestock, including In vitro fertilisation (IVF) research.

The Ministry said that it is interested in the development of veterinary services, in terms of treatment and immunisation, and provides them free of charge, noting that every year about 700,000 heads of animals immunised, which leads to a huge boom in the number of animals in the country, from around 600,000 in 2012 to about 1.5 million this year. A number of other fish farming projects will be launched during the next few years. The first shrimp farming project will be offered for private investors with an annual production capacity of 1,000 tons, ensuring the full provision of state needs of the shrimp. The project will market its products in the Qatari market next year.

source: The Peninsula