Qatar advancing ag development by applying research and latest tech

"In spite of harsh climate and adverse circumstances, Qatar’s Food security program is the best in class", Lulu Group International director Dr Mohamed Althaf told a panel discussion on the sidelines of Qatar National Food Systems Summit Dialogues which concluded on Wednesday.

“Qatar is advancing agricultural development by funding research and using the latest technologies in the fields of engineering and agriculture," he explained during the session on 'Action Track Equitable Trade Practices'.

"Through the Food Security Call program implemented by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and the Qatar National Research Fund, the country is developing new planting methods, irrigation systems and crop varieties in line with global initiatives”, Dr. Althaf pointed out.

“Every business today is a data business. Agriculture can take advantage of big data and the Internet of things. This could help Qatar to build precision farming and help to prevent transportation cost”, he said.

"The Ministry of Municipality and Environment has initiatives to foster urban-rural linkages and collaboration between local farmers and large retailers. This aligns Qatar with the FAO's Food for the Cities Initiative, which aims to address the challenges urbanization poses to food production by building resilient food systems.

Earlier in his address, Dr Althaf observed that climate change is the most imminent and potentially most frightening challenge to food security. "Faced with the challenge of producing food under harsh climatic conditions, Qatar is implementing wide-ranging programs to help farmers overcome water scarcity and low-nutrient soil, in line with global targets on climate-smart agriculture."

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