The three winter vegetable markets in Al Mazroua, Al Khor-Dakhira and Al Wakrah will close on Saturday after witnessing huge rise in production and sales in the season.
During this season, beginning from October and ending this month, the sales of vegetables and fruits jumped by 50 percent this season compared to previous season said official at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.
The winter markets serve as platform for farmers to sell their products directly to the customers without middlemen, offering fresh vegetables and poultry products to the customers coming straight from the local farms at attractive prices.
“The upcoming Saturday will be the last day for the winter vegetable markets in this season. We know that many people like these yards to continue until the end of Ramadan, but we can’t because the production falls during summer and there is shortage of some vegetables,” Abdul Rahman Al Sulaiti, General Supervisor of Agricultural Product Yards told The Peninsula.
“Most of the vegetables and fruits now are coming from greenhouse farms and not from open farms because the production in summer is less,” Al Sulaiti said, adding that these markets will reopen in next season in 2018/2019 from the middle of October. “We expect more farms to participate in the next season.”
Until now there are more than 75 farms participating in the yards and sell their products directly to the customers without any middlemen or brokers. These farms are offering 60 percent of vegetables and fruits, Al Sulaiti pointed out. Regarding the next the season, he said the Ministry apart from the three current yards which is in Al Mazroua, Al Khor-Dakhira and Al Wakrah, new winter markets are expected to open in Al Ruwais, Al Shihaniya and Al Sailiya.
They will cater to the needs of various places and will offer an opportunity to residents to visit the yards and benefit from its prices. “The upcoming season which will begin from the middle of October will be more attractive for customers because of the possibility of prices falling compared to the local market,” he said. (Source)
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