Daman programme to support local farmers to start in October Jul 07, 2020 0 5539 12345 Satyendra PathakDohaThe guarantee (Daman) programme to support local farmers will start in October this year and continue till the end of June next year, a senior official of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) said on Monday.Addressing a press conference held via video conference to announce the launch of Daman programme for 2020-2021 season, MME Agricultural Affairs Department Director Yousuf Khalid Al Khulaifi said the programme will see improvements like the ministry’s strategy to extend the agricultural season and focus on producing major crops during the season. Launched by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) in cooperation with Mahaseel, the programme is aimed at supporting local farms through pre-contracting for purchasing their products and helping farm owners set their production plan according to the needs of the local market.Khulaifi called on farmers to initiate registration for early pre-contracting with Mahaseel to set their production plans, ensure sale at high guarantee prices and achieve distinct income. He noted that registration is open until October 31.The programme will see farm owners contracting with Mahaseel on 12 types of basic vegetables like tomato, cucumber, sweet pepper, pepper deer, eggplant, roman lettuce, American lettuce, gulgelan, parsley, mint, green onion, and dill.On behalf of the ministry, Khulaifi assured farmers that Mahaseel will buy their vegetable crops throughout the season at guaranteed fixed rates regardless of market prices.Khulaifi said the programme will continue to encourage farmers to increase vegetable production under a fixed-guarantee price throughout the season, and ensure a stable income for farm owners regardless of price fluctuations.In addition, he said, the programme will encourage farmers to produce more varieties of vegetables and increase investment in the agriculture sector.The ministry is keen to diversify the programme, Khulaifi said, adding that the ministry in cooperation with Mahaseel has launched another programme to buy vegetables produced in summer at attractive prices starting from July this year, which will continue until the end of the summer season.This programme is aimed at extending the agricultural season and encourage farms to produce more, he said.Mahaseel General Manager Mohamed Ali Al Ghaithani said more than 15 million kilograms of vegetables were marketed from productive farms in Qatar during the last season. More than 180 farms benefited from the programme’s services, he said. Through the guarantee programme, the average contract price for basic vegetables will be about QR5 per kg and for foliage about QR6.5 per kg along with fixed-guarantee rates for the first and second class vegetables throughout the season, regardless of market prices, Ghaithani said. RELATED ARTICLES Arab-Chinese cooperation based on common interests, long history: FM Jul 07, 2020 0 5511 COVID-19 recoveries jump by 1,614 to reach 93,898 Jul 07, 2020 0 604 Al Rayyan Stadium achieves health and safety milestone Jul 07, 2020 0 5861 Somalia thanks Qatar for funding ministry building reconstruction The building of Somalia’s Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic in Mogadishu, which was reconstructed with funding from the Qatar Fund for Development, was opened on Monday. In his speech, Somalia’s Deputy .. Amir, DRC president review ties His Highness The Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Monday held a telephone conversation with President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi. They discussed bilateral relations and .. MoPH accredits 4 COVID-19 testing centres in Turkey QNA Doha Within the framework of the continuous efforts to maintain public health and enhance services provided to citizens abroad to combat coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has approved .. Stepping up efforts to set up UN counter-terrorism office in Qatar: Shura Council QNA Doha The Shura Council and United Nations have intensified efforts to establish the UN office on parliamentary engagement for preventing and countering terrorism in Qatar. This came as the Shura Council held the .. ‘Qatar takes slew of measures to address impact of COVID-19’ Qatar has put in place several measures to address the COVID-19’s social and economic impacts, especially on expatriate workers. Deputy Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations HE Abdullah Hamad Al ..