Posted on March 23, 2019

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has signed agreements with a number of national companies to implement projects in agriculture, fisheries and livestock for the owners of Qatari farms. A contract for the operation of a fish farming project was signed between the MME and the Gulf Engineering & Industrial Consultancy.

The contract was signed by Director of Fish Wealth Department at the MME Abdulaziz al Dehaimi and General Manager of the company Dr Ali al Marri. Dehaimi said the project aims at carrying out experiments on the economic feasibility of local marine life, including experimentation and application of modern high-efficiency fish farming systems, supporting fish stocks, training national cadres and building capacities in this field.

The project also aims to contribute to increasing local fish production and food security through the provision of quantities of baby fish and registering the part of fish farming at Water Research Center at Ras Matbakh in Al Khor. He pointed out that the total value of the project is about QR57.2 million for three years, while the production capacity of the project two million small fish. On his part, Dr Marri praised MME for granting the company an opportunity to manage and operate the project, adding the company’s experience in the design stages and implementation of the project will bring the desired results.

The ministry also signed a contract with a local company for animal feed, about which Abdulaziz said is aimed at small farmers. The MME signed contracts for the supply and installation of cooled and standard greenhouses with hydroponic system for farm owners. It signed the contracts with two national companies specialised in agricultural investments and greenhouses.

Director of the Agricultural Affairs Department at the MME Yousuf al Khulaifi said the signed agreements with the two companies would help the owners of the farms, noting that the contracts 3,500 greenhouses of various types established on 110 hectares. Their production will be 10,000 tonnes of vegetables annually and will contribute to the increase of domestic production by 15 percent. He noted that the MME’s plan aims to reach 70 percent of self-sufficiency of vegetables by 2023.