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Vegetables stay fresher as expansion of roads brings remote farms closer to Doha

Vegetables stay fresher as expansion of roads brings remote farms closer to Doha

Santhosh Chandran
Al Khor
The rapidly expanding road networks in Qatar are helping the agricultural sector in more ways than one. Besides providing a direct connectivity between markets and farmlands located in the remote areas, several new highways have significantly reduced the travel time to Doha.
According the local farmers, the new roads make it easy for them to deliver perishable local winter farm produce like leafy vegetables. The major highways that opened recently have offered better connectivity to country’s agriculture sector that mainly located in Al Shahaniya, Al Khor, Umm Slal Ali and Abu Samra. The local vegetables are expected to begin to flow in abundance in the coming days as the harvest season of winter vegetables like tomato, cabbage, pumpkin, cauliflower, eggplant, snake gourd, bitter gourd and peas and leafy vegetables are about to begin.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune, Director of Arab India Vegetable Anil Puthoor said, “Bringing farm-fresh vegetables to customers, retailers and wholesale markets is a challenge during the winter as cold-storage vehicles are not in use at that time. So, a lot of time spent on the road affects their freshness. It’s an old story now as we can now deliver vegetables anywhere in Doha within an hour because of the new roads.”
The Al Majd Road (formerly known as the Orbital Highway), the 195-km longest highway in Qatar, which begins in Mesaieed and extends north towards Ras Laffan in Al Khor Municipality, connects with many local roads leading to agriculture farms.
At an event held in Doha recently, officials of the Ajaj Farm said, “Exploring the ideal weather and the season of cultivation, we have expanded our farm manifold. Production of local vegetables like tomato, bottle gourds, eggplants, cucumbers, cabbage and leafy vegetables has been increased steadily.”
A senior official of Al Khor Agriculture said, “Now, there is no interruption in supply chain as most of the farms are easily connected with all markets with new road network, thanks to Public Works Authority (Ashghal).” The new roads have also provided positive financial and environmental impacts.
“Indeed, the low fuel consumption on smooth roads and less maintenance of vehicles have provided financial benefits for both farmers and transportation companies,” manager of a logistic company said.

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