Qatar’s first participation in the International Green Week demonstrates the state’s innovative agriculture sector
This year marks the first participation of Qatar Development Bank, in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment in Qatar and Embassy of Qatar in Germany, in the International Green Week organized in Berlin between 19 and 28 January. The Qatari pavilion consists of fifteen highly innovative organic food producers displaying their fruits and vegetables as well as their production methods.
An indication of Qatar’s rising star in the organic food industry, the pavilion was officially opened on Friday by H.E. Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi. Minister of Municipality and Environment – Qatar, Thomas Silberhorn, German State Secretary of Ministry of Economy and Development., and Qatar’s Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, also attended the opening ceremony.
The fifteen Qatari companies showcasing their products at the fair reflect Qatar’s relentless efforts to diversify and innovate the economy that has been heavily reliant on the export of fossil fuels. Another outcome of such efforts is the establishment of the Agrico Organic Farms, also present at this year’s International Green Week. Launched in 2012, Agrico is Qatar’s first high-tech greenhouse organic project. With a pilot farm up and running, it aims to develop no less than 200 green houses in order to fulfill the total domestic demand of fruits and vegetables. Agrico’s production is fully organic, not using any harmful chemicals or pesticides.
Minister of Municipality and Environment H.E. Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, responsible for agricultural development, announced recently that his Ministry would support local farms with a substantial subsidy. “In line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and our aim of achieving food security, the government has intensified its support for local farmers in multiple ways, including financial support and assisting agricultural companies in marketing their products”, the Minister said at the opening of the pavilion.
Qatar’s effort to improve its food security began with the launch of Qatar National Food Security Programme in 2012, seeking to balance the relationship between economic and population growth and reduce overall risk to the country and foster a diversified economy. Consequently, the country is expanding its number of farms from 1.400 to 3.000, enabling local food suppliers to meet at least 60% of the country’s domestic demand by 2024.
With its participation in the 2018 International Green Week, Qatar not only wants to showcase its efforts and share valuable lessons with other countries, but participating producers also hope to plant the seeds for fruitful future cooperation with international partners.
“Germany, a country which has long been at the forefront of agricultural innovation, and is home to innumerable highly successful food producers, is an excellent partner for Qatar in boosting our agriculture sector” H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, the Qatari Ambassador to Germany said. “The International Green Week in Berlin therefore provides an outstanding opportunity for Qatari companies to learn, exchange experiences, and conduct business. I am certain this week will help us to take our organic food production to a higher level.”
Qatar Pavilion will be at the International Green Week, Hall 1.2b, Berlin Expo/ Messe , from January 19 – 28, 2018.