Posted on July 27, 2015

The permanent committee for farms and wells at the Ministry of Environment has started buying ‘Khalas’, a popular variety of date from Qatari farms, said The Peninsula. The panel has called on farmers to bring their produce to the Agricultural Affairs Department before September 1.

Khalas is famed for its elongated size — yellow and brown when fresh — is among the tastiest varieties grown in the region. The first dates festival was organised last year to raise awareness about benefits and varieties of the fruit. The ministry plans to help farmers increase date quality and output, Al Sharq reports. According to estimates, Qatari farms produce about 16,000 to 20,000 tonnes of dates every year.