Residents of Qatar will be able to shop for fresh vegetables all the year round as the Ministry of Municipality and Environment will open two air-conditioned farmers’ markets, reported the Peninsula Qatar. The markets will be located at the Al Mazrouh and Al Wakra and set open during forthcoming agricultural season. With special emphasis on local produce the vegetable section of the market will be offering a wide range of fruit and vegetables throughout the year.
“The new facilities, the permanent farmers’ markets will be an addition to the existing five farmers’ markets which offer fresh vegetables from local farmers to the customers directly without middlemen and brokers at reasonable prices,” said Yusuf Khalid Al Khulaifi, Director of Agriculture Affairs Department talking to The Peninsula.
Qatar’s appetite for producing farm products has been on the rise in recent years and the country is focusing exclusively on the local production to secure food safety. The news markets will help to go a long way to meet the rising demand of marketing platforms with growing local agricultural produce. They will enable local farmers to sell their produce from greenhouses, even during off season when seasonal vegetable markets are closed.
Ministry of Municipality and Environment has launched a number of initiatives including premium products, Qatari farms and winter vegetable markets to provide platforms to market local products.