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Posted On: 9 October 2013 09:18 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Ministry report reflects whopping 43% rise in import of vegetables

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Vegetable imports at the Abu Hamour Central Market amounted to 14,071 tonnes in September, registering a 43% rise over the previous month, a report released by the Ministry of Business and Trade has revealed. Jordan was the top exporter of vegetables to Qatar last month with products including tomato, lettuce and eggplant. Pakistan was next with potato and chilli, while China was third with garlic, ginger, potato and onion. India was fourth with onion and other vegetables, followed by Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt and Lebanon. The local produce, comprising dates, pumpkin, cucumber and some other products, was ninth. Overall, vegetable prices dropped by 4% in September as compared to the previous month. The market also received 4,069 tonnes of fruits in the same period, a 5% drop from the August levels. The Philippines was the top supplier of fruits in September with products such as banana and pineapple. South Africa was next with lemon, pear, apple and orange, while Lebanon was third with orange, grape, peach and apple, followed by Pakistan, the US, Chile, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, China and Egypt. Meat prices remained stable and experienced no significant changes for most varieties. However, prices of fish rose by around 8% last month as compared to August. All types of fodder experienced a 3% drop in prices.