Posted on March 09, 2019

The availability of locally produced vegetables in winter markets at Al Mazroua, Al Khor-Dakhira, Al Wakra and Al Shamal is at its peak nowadays with no shortage, said a senior official at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.

“A large number of citizens and residents are keen to visit the winter vegetable markets every week because they offer all varieties and quantities of locally produced vegetables at low prices compared to the market. Now the production of farms is at its peak and all vegetable types are available,” he said.

The markets are operating under Agricultural Affairs Department of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment. “The big turnout of customers these winter vegetable markets is also due to the fact that these markets offer fresh vegetables and poultry products coming straight from the local farms to customers at economical prices,” he pointed out adding that the winter markets serve as a platform for farmers to sell their products directly to the customers without middlemen. Responding to a question about the closure of winter markets, he said that they would be closed in May before Ramadan because at that time temperature will increase significantly.

Regarding opening of new winter market next season 2019-2020, he said that the subject was still under study especially for areas where such markets were not available. “The aim of the winter markets is to support Qatari farmers by reducing their marketing costs, and encouraging small farms to redouble efforts to become more active,” he said. On Thursday, Minister of Municipality and Environment, H E Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie had met with a group of owners of local productive farms to see obstacles and difficulties face the increase of agricultural production and work to overcome them.

H E the Minister had also stressed the keenness of the Ministry of Municipalities and Environment to provide all aspects of support to the owners of productive farms in the fields of plant, animal and fish to develop the farms in order to contribute to the increase of local agricultural products. He emphasised the importance of agricultural marketing in order to improve the quality of agricultural production and the role of the Ministry in supporting farmers through the opening local markets for selling agricultural products without any financial burdens.

source: The Peninsula