Local Dates Festival sales top 117 tonnes
August 01 2019 10:21 PM
Visitors buying dates at the Local Dates Festival at Souq Waqif
Visitors buying dates at the Local Dates Festival at Souq Waqif

Doha

The demand for dates continues with the sale at the on-going fourth edition of the Local Dates Festival at Souq Waqif crossing 117 tonnes on its ninth day on Wednesday.

A total of 33,600 people have visited the venue, as per the figures released by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME).

The dates festival that started on July 3 is open for public from 4 pm to 10 pm at Al-Ahmad Square at Souq Waqif until August 3.

On Wednesday, the festival recorded a sale of 12,594 kg while it was visited by 3,500 persons. On Tuesday the festival recorded a sale of 11,864 kg as 27,00 people visited the festival.

The festival which is organised by MME and Souq Waqif is held as part of Qatar’s efforts to promote locally grown products and help local farmers find the ideal market for dates.

Last year, the festival attracted about 54,000 visitors and sold 205 tonnes of fresh dates worth QR1.7mn.

More than one dozen local varieties are on sale from 85 farms across Qatar in addition to Hassad Food company.

The festival was attended by 73 farmers in 2018.

The varieties on sale at the festival include Al-Khalas, Al-Shishi, Al-Khenaizi, Al-Barhi, Al-Iraqi and Al-Silji, Al-Saqai, Nabt Saif, Al-Lulu and Al-Razizi.



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