Various supermarkets in the country continue to receive food items, including vegetables and dairy products, from Qatar, Turkey, and neighbouring GCC country, Oman, it is learnt.
Different branches of leading supermarkets in Doha are now offering fresh eggs from Oman, apart from the locally-produced ones.
“I am sure we have sufficient quantities of eggs for our customers here,” said an employee of a supermarket in one of the malls. “We also have free-range eggs from Qatari farms.”
He added that they also expect food items from Iran, which are expected to be displayed in their shelves soon.
Besides eggs, large quantities of chicken from Turkey, Oman, and Brazil have also become available in many supermarkets and groceries.
Large quantities of Qatari dairy products in shelves.
A source said they get a lot of positive responses from residents who bought these products and other meat from them recently.
While the demand for fresh milk and other dairy products from other countries such as butter, cheese, laban, and yogurt, he noted that the volume of locally-produced vegetables is also increasing daily.
“Our shelves are now filled with organic capsicum, lemons, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, broccoli and cucumber, as well as parsley and other green leafy veggies, which come from Qatari farms,” the source stressed.
He added that many countries in Europe are also exporting a variety of vegetables to Qatar such as lettuce, zucchini, cauliflower, cucumber, and tomatoes, among others.
A local farm owner earlier disclosed that they have developed a technology to grow organic vegetables and fruits year round to meet the growing demand in the country.
Agrico, a private local Qatari agricultural development company, aims to expand its 120,000sqm organic farm to 1mn sqm area as part of its effort to help Qatar achieve food security. It is hoping to have a 10mn-sqm facility for agricultural production in 10 years.
An employee of another supermarket said he noticed that residents have been patronising locally-produced vegetables, fruits, and dairy products.
It is also learnt that many dairy farms in Qatar are expected to expand their operations due to the growing demand for milk and milk products.
Gulf Times earlier reported that the rift between Qatar and its neighbours has prompted one Qatari businessman to fly 4,000 cows to the Gulf country in an act of resistance and opportunity to fill the void left by a collapse in the supply of fresh milk.
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