HE the Minister of Municipality and Environment Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Subaie said Qatar considers food security a top priority, given it is one of the most important issues.
The minister was speaking at the opening ceremony of the second annual Conference on Food Security by Al Arab.
He said that food security has many aspects, as it is connected to both the agricultural and the industrial sector. Qatar's strategy will focus on producing items in which the country has a comparative advantage. Such items include fresh produce, dairy, dates, red meat, poultry, eggs, and fish. The other element of the strategy is to build a strategic stock of the most crucial products that are not produced locally, most important of which is wheat, sugar, rice, and cooking oil.
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He said that holding a second edition of the conference reflects the commitment of everyone in Qatar to the country's food security. He also highlighted projects related to the private sector, in accordance to the directives of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. Some of the projects include producing vegetables in greenhouses, egg farms, fish and shrimp farms in addition to others that support livestock such as fodder and organic fertilizer.
These projects will help achieve self-sufficiency from high-quality agricultural products, and to build up a strategic stock with cheap prices. Another main goal is to reach optimum levels of production that would reflect on the growth of the agricultural sector.
The minister noted that Qatar has made great progress over the past two years when it comes to increasing the level of self-sufficiency in agricultural products.
The minister added that he looked forward to further co-operation with the private sector in terms of policies and developmental projects, and to take the appropriate measures to protect and use natural resources.
HE al-Subei thanked HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior for his unlimited support with regard to the food security plans, and thanked members of the food security committee for their efforts in that regard.