Qatar’s food security measures help beat pandemic-related food shortages: OBG Jul 25, 2021 0 871 12345 Satyendra PathakDohaQatar’s successful efforts to strengthen food security and enhance self-sufficiency by stepping up domestic production capacity and easing reliance on imports helped the country cope with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Oxford Business Group (OBG) said in a report released on Saturday.As the pandemic exposed the fragility of regional food supply chains and encouraged Gulf economies to develop their domestic food industries, the report said, Qatar was in somewhat a better position than its neighbours as it had already begun concerted efforts to boost domestic production and diversify imports after a regional trade dispute began in 2017.“Qatar’s strategy is based primarily on increased investment in, or support for, innovative agri-food businesses, both domestically and overseas, in an effort to maintain reliable and sustainable food supplies. Through Qatar’s National Food Security Programme and related initiatives, there has been a notable increase in agricultural and livestock production since 2017,” the report said.According to the report entitled ‘Food Security in Qatar’, Qatar has become self-sufficient in dairy and fresh poultry products and has started exporting excess dairy supply. In addition, the number of farms producing vegetables and fruits has tripled.More than 1,400 farms with special facilities and agricultural techniques are currently operational in Qatar, the report said, adding that 530,000-sq-metre food security facility at Hamad Port storing rice, sugar and edible oils will further strengthen the country’s efforts to achieve food security.The report said that more than 3,500 high-tech greenhouses are planned over 110 hectares to increase agriculture production in the county. Plant factories are also planned to ensure the production of leafy vegetables year-round, it said.Qatar’s food security plan is underpinned by four pillars that helped it to mitigate the challenges of the pandemic in relation to the supply chains relatively well, the report said.“Two pillars are focused on boosting the capacity of local farmers and manufacturers to produce quality consumable items and move them to market. One is focused on diversifying trade partnerships to hedge against over-reliance on individual source markets and the other one is focused on boosting national strategic reserves of essential items in order to prevent shortages during times of crisis,” OBG said in the report. RELATED ARTICLES Sheikh Joaan visits Team Qatar at Olympic Village Jul 25, 2021 0 1772 67% of eligible population now fully vaccinated: MoPH Jul 25, 2021 0 399 Customs fully prepared for the return of travellers through Abu Samra border after Eid holidays Jul 25, 2021 0 891 HIA offers free parking three nights a week Tribune News Network Doha The Hamad International Airport (HIA) will be providing short-term free parking three nights in a week to people who come to the airport to pick up their loved ones. The short-term parking at .. Attiyah Wins Baja Spain Aragon Overdrive Racing’s Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel returned to cross-country rallying action for the first time since the Andalucia Rally in mid-May and snatched a late victory in the three-stage Baja Spain ..