Posted on December 21, 2017

The second edition of the Mahaseel Festival will kick off on Saturday, December 23, the Cultural Village Foundation (Katara) announced on Wednesday.

Katara General Manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al Sulaiti and Head of the Mahaseel Festival Organising Committee Salman Mohammed al Naimi announced the festival at a press conference. The festival is being organised in association with the Agricultural Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME).

The festival will be staged at Katara's Southern Area from December 23 to 27. From January onwards, it is scheduled to take place every weekend (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) until the end of March 2018. Speaking at the press conference, Dr Sulaiti said,"Following the tremendous success of the first edition of Mahaseel Festival, the national recognition it achieved, the positive echoes generated by the activities arranged at Mahaseel and the excellent quality of livestock and farm produce on display, it is our utmost pleasure to launch the second edition of the agricultural festival.

"Katara is keen to launch the festival as part of its efforts to support national products in its various sectors, especially in agriculture, livestock and food supplies, more so as it would help Qatar achieve agricultural sustainability and self-sufficiency in food production and distribution." "The crops festival is a new venture in the agricultural economy of Qatar and it offers a unique platform that creates awareness among residents about Qatar's domestic farms and the competitive prices and quality of homegrown produce. The festival also highlights the effective role of Mahaseel as it is held to improve the production rates within agricultural and food sectors, while encouraging farmers to ensure continuous farm produce," Katara's chief added.

He said,"We make every effort to increase public participation and awareness of Qatar's agricultural heritage. Such festivals provide visitors with helpful information on the vast array of food products on offer and their health benefits. In addition, the festival will feature competitions, exhibitions and interactive events to promote public awareness and interest in Qatari food produce." Outlining the lineup of activities scheduled for the festival, Head of the Mahaseel Festival Organising Committee Salman al Nuami said,"The festival will be staged in the southern part of the Cultural Village and will host 22 sales institutions and six farmers, who will offer visitors the best quality of produce, including fruits, vegetables, honey, poultry, milk and cheese."

source: Qatar Tribune