Qatar will begin exporting food items from 2019 onwards, says top official
More than a year ago, there was a brief moment of panic when four neighbouring countries decided to impose an illegal blockade on Qatar.
The primary source of concern was where Qatar would get its foodstuff from after Saudi Arabia, and the UAE closed their cross-border trades.
However, Qatar completely overcame the blockade to attain self-sufficiency in food production. The actions have been so successful that the country will start exporting food products beginning next year, reported The Peninsula.
Dr Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari, Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, said the country was witnessing a high rate of self-sufficiency in food.
“Qatar has managed to cultivate vegetables of all kinds, to double livestock and poultry numbers and to achieve the high level of self-sufficiency in milk and dairy products, red meat and eggs,” said Al Kuwari, who is also Director of the Center for Environmental and Municipal Studies.
He said the Ministry’s figures indicated that 2019 would see the export of foodstuffs like vegetables, dairy products, meat and poultry.
The country has attained 100% self-sufficiency in the poultry sector, 98% in frozen poultry products and about 85% in dairy.
Since the start of the blockade, the Department of Animal Wealth at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment has played an active role in providing the local market with sheep, poultry and other food products.