Qatar is well on it's way to achieving self-sufficiency, food security and sustainability goals in line with the QatarOrganic Produce National Vision 2030, and more and more 'Made in Qatar'products can be seen in the market, especially when it comes to locally grown organic produce that is becoming increasingly popular among locals and expats as they turn towards healthier lifestyles.
This organic produce is homegrown in Qatar's organic farms that are working hard by equipping themselves with new and innovative technologies like greenhouses so they can grow crops in an environment, considered to be less than viable for plantation and vegetation because of the harsh climate, arid soil and lack of sufficient rainfall.
Here, we've put together a list of organic farms in Qatar where you can find a variety of quality vegetables and even fruits grown in an organic environment, thus, busting the myth that crops are hard to grow in this desert country.
AGRICO is a private local Qatari Agricultural Development Company that was founded on the principle of sustainable long term agricultural production with an eye on the National target of achieving food security. AGRICO aims to achieve this through combining local innovation, international expertise and the best available technology in the world.
Location: 42 Mohammed Bin Ishaq Street, Al Khor - Qatar
Tel: +974 4436 3840
Fax: +974 4436 1925
Mustafawi is committed to bringing to your table the finest well-selected vegetables grown without preservatives and pesticides. A mixed box (approximately 7-8 kilograms) costs around QR 250 and you can also buy vegetables per kilo at a cost of QR 40 per kilo. They also have a free home delivery service.
Location: Umm Ammad, Jaree Al Saai, Al Shamal Road, Exit 24, Farm 1234, Qatar
Tel: +974 3027 5865
Al Safwa Farm is a certified organic farm in Qatar and produces organic food free of chemical treatments and GMOs. The farm, which is about a 20 minute-drive from Umm Salal Ali, north of Doha, has been in operation for nearly 50 years, mostly as a traditional, small-scale farm that provided fresh produce for family and friends of its owners. At first, only a few of the farm’s vegetables were officially organic, such as cucumber, eggplant, tomato and zucchini.
However, after pairing up with French-Tunisian Olfa Guetata who has years of experience in the culinary and hospitality industry, Al Safwa’s very own, Nasser Ali bin Khamis al Kuwari , both started an adventure in expanding the farm’s organic products and creating awareness for healthier choices. As a result, the part of the farm devoted to organic produce has since expanded to include
Tel: +974 4444 1201
E-mail: [email protected]
Qatar's Global Farm specialises in growing natural fruits and vegetables and is one of the first Qatari farms to implement the greenhouse systems. It contributes towards the the local production of fruits and vegetables and distributes them in the Qatari market.
The Jerry Smeih Farm produces a full array of vegetables and poultry, all locally grown and raised. It was established more than 70 years ago (in the 1930s) and is one of the oldest family farms in Qatar. The farm, located northwest of Al Khor city, approximately 10.5 km away from the nearest inhabitance (Al Khor Industrial Zone) was, initially, supplying the northern cities in Qatar, but today, it is an active participant in Qatar's National Food Security Programme.
The name 'Torba' is derived from Arabic, and can be defined as the pure soil that feeds, nourishes and nurtures'. This is the inspiration the market takes when it comes to selecting the finest locally farmed produce and products in the region.
By creating a whole community around local food, Torba Market promotes and encourages a livelihood for local farmers and enhances food knowledge and culture throughout Qatar. It is an open-air, weekly market that takes place every Thursday and Friday from the months of November to April at the Qatar Foundation Ceremonial Court.
Location: Education City, Ceremonial Court, Qatar Foundation, Doha - Qatar
Dates: 16 November to 28 March
Timings: Saturday: 8 am - 8 pm
Tel: +974 3100 8110
E-mail: [email protected]
These markets located at the Al Mazrouah Yard in Umm Salal, Al Shahaniya, Al Khor and Al Wakrah aim to introduce locally produced vegetables, poultry and fresh organic produce straight from Qatar’s farms to your plate. These markets are open from December to April.
Location: Al Khor; Al Dhakira Yard and Al Wakrah
Timings: December to April (Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 7 am - 5pm)
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