Qatar has to further strengthen its greenhouses and vertical farming to address the key issue of food security, according to a top official of Hassad Food, an investment fund in food and agri sectors and backed by the country's sovereign wealth fund.
Addressing one of the sessions at the third edition of Qatar Economic Forum, powered by Bloomberg, Hassad Food chief executive Mohamed Badr Hashem al-Sadah said the game of food security is the supply chain. Asked how Qatar has been able to grow more local produce amidst harsh climate; he said that's where the technology and research and development (R&D) come into play.
Highlighting that technology and R&D help close the gaps in the supply chain and therefore in the food security; he said greenhouses and vertical farming are the "only ways through which we can close the gap". Mahaseel for Marketing and Agri Services Company, a subsidiary of Hassad, recently disclosed that it successfully marketed 10mn kg of locally produced vegetables in the Qatari market, since January 2021. It represented a more than doubled growth year on year.
Mahaseel currently markets 30 different vegetable varieties in the local market, through 44 hypermarket outlets around the country. Moreover, 200 local farms are registered with Mahaseel, to benefit from the marketing and agricultural services provided to them.
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