A three-day training workshop on strategies and marketing channels for small and medium farms organised by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) in co-operation with the Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development (AOAD) kicked off here on Sunday.
The Director of Agricultural Affairs Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment Youssef al-Khulaifi, said in remarks that it is the first workshop organised by the Ministry in the field of marketing of agricultural crops in co-operation with the AOAD, pointing out that participants in this programme represent several stakeholders in the country and have a great interest in the issue of agricultural marketing.
Al-Khulaifi stressed that the remarkable increase in agricultural production in the country should be accompanied by keen attention to the marketing process and new innovation in its methods, including the marketing programmes implemented by the ministry and other relevant bodies in terms of food security and self-sufficiency in agricultural production, including the recent launch of the Agricultural Marketing Centre.
He explained that this agricultural marketing process is based on small and medium-sized farms to increase their capacity and alleviate any burdens and problems in this area by creating new marketing channels. He also stressed that during the next marketing season, two platforms will be launched to support and market Qatari agricultural products in both Al Mazrouaa and Al Wakrah.
Al-Khulaifi stressed that the Ministry of Municipality and Environment plays a major role in assisting local farmers by supporting farm infrastructure such as greenhouses and irrigation systems, as well as product marketing.
In a similar press statement, the expert in the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) Engineer Mohamed Abdelkarim al-Awamla said that Qatar has become a pioneer in agricultural production in the Arab region, especially in the Gulf region.
Al-Awamla attributed this agricultural development in Qatar to the use of modern technologies to increase production to raise the value of products in the market, and the protection of available natural resources, especially water.
This workshop comes within the framework of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment's interest in the marketing process for the products of local farms as part of its efforts to support and encourage farm owners to increase agricultural production and contribute to self-sufficiency.