The winter vegetable markets in three locations across Qatar will open on Thursday, the Ministry of Environment said yesterday.
The markets — Al Mazroua, Al Khor and Dakhira and Al Wakra— will remain open for seven months until June next year. The ministry has extendeVd the duration for one month, compared to last year in the interest of the Qatari farmers.
The markets will offer a variety of vegetable and poultry products from Qatari farms at attractive prices.
It provides an opportunity for farmers to sell their products directly to the customers without intervention by the middlemen.
The markets will be open three days in a week- Thursday, Friday and Saturday- from 7am to 5pm.
“We have extended the season to seven months, instead of six months, which will reflect positively on the Qatari agricultural sector,”general supervisor of the project Abdulrahman Al Sulaiti said at a press conference at the ministry headquarters yesterday.
Some 77 Qatari farms will participate this time- 33 in Al Mazroua, 22 in Al Khor and Al Dakhira and 22 in Al Wakra. About 70 types of vegetables will be on offer.
Al Mazroua livestock yard has been expanded this year by adding new 11 outlets with participation of 40 animal farms. An abattoir will also be added this time. Widam company will offer Australian sheep to provide more option to the customers.
Eight fishermen will participate and provide fresh fish to customers in Al Mazroua and Al Khor and Al Dakhira markets in addition to stalls by 12 local animal farms. Over one million boxes of vegetables were sold since the launch of the annual markets three years ago, said the official.
Khalifa Al Ansari, head of farms affairs at the ministry said there are 1,290 registered farms in Qatar. Of these 640 are productive and 312 use new technology. He said the ministry is working towards self sufficiency in production of vegetables. Al Sulaiti added that there are no plans to open more winter markets now.
As for prices, he said they are less compared to the central fruit and vegetable market.
There are inspectors to monitor prices and quality of products and to make sure that they have been brought from the farms directly.
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