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Qatar to start a food security program

Sep 13, 2011

Qatar announced it is going to boost its food security, attempting to achieve self sufficiency turning 45,000 hectares (111,200 acers) of Qatari land into farms. Unlike many Gulf countries investing in foreign farm land, Qatar's ambitious plan will use the most advanced technologies to overcome natural challenges to agricultures in the desert state; namely access to water.The self-sufficiency plan, which was called for through an Emiri decree, should be ready by 2013, and should take 10 years to achieve goals.According to Fahd Bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah, chairman of Qatar National Food Security Program (QNFSP), the first step would be setting up 1,400 farms with latest agricultural technology, and develop skills to improve the sector.     

Qatar based Company “Mawashi” to import 70,000 sheep from Iran

Sep 09, 2011

Qatar Meat and Livestock Company (Mawashi) has been permitted by Iran to import sheep despite the ban imposed for other countries, reported an Arabic daily yesterday. Mawashi will import 70,000 sheep from Iran and a delegation will visit there soon to check the quality and finalise the price for sheep, said Dafaullah Abdul Ghani, Acting Director of Abattoirs Department of the Company. The company has been granted permission to import sheep despite Iran’s ban on sheep export. Mawashi earlier imported 4,000 Syrian and Jordanian sheep on subsidized price at the end of the holy month of Ramadan following an initiative by the Consumer Protection Department to import more sheep. And 3,000 subsidized sheep imported were sold by end Ramadan, said Ghani. The subsidized Syrian sheep meat is sold at all Mawashi butcheries for QR 41 and Jordanian Sheep meat for QR 45.     

Sheep prices rise ahead of Ramadan - Qatar

Jul 05, 2011

With just three weeks to Ramadan, consumers here are complaining of high prices of sheep, due to high demand. Though Qatar Meat and Livestock Company (Mawashi), is expecting more imports over the coming weeks, consumers are sceptical about the prices, according to local dailies. The shortage of Syrian sheep has had a cascading effect on the local meat market, with more demand on other sheep. This has led to increase in prices of Jordanian and Saudi sheep which has replace Syrian sheep in demand. Consumers in whole sale cattle market are complaining of high prices before Ramadan and called Consumer Protection Department, Ministry of Municipality and Urban Plan and other bodies to impose strict control on market to prevent manipulation and to reduce prices.     

Qatar suspends vegetables import from Spain, Germany amid E. coli outbreak

Jun 06, 2011

Qatar has banned the import of cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce from Spain and Germany amid an E. coli outbreak that has killed 19 people.The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) said it decided to impose a temporary ban on the three products, but would not "hesitate to ban all vegetables from all European countries if necessary", an official said, Qatari media reported. All but one of the fatalities since the outbreak of enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) poisoning began last month have been in Germany. A patient who died in Sweden had recently returned from Germany.     

Qatar: Supply shortage leads to rise in meat prices

Jan 19, 2011

Prices of meat remain high in the local market due to a continuing shortage in supply. Traders say that the stock of Syrian sheep in the market has crimped, while meat imported from India, Pakistan and Australia was also in short supply. Prices of all varieties of mutton have gone up by more than 20 percent over the past few months. Syrian mutton costs about QR50 per kg and stocks are not available with many retailers. Indian and Pakistani mutton is sold at prices ranging from QR28 to QR30 per kg, which are higher by QR4 or QR5 compared to the previous prices.