Qatar Fruits and vegetable market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.6% during the forecast period (2020-2025). The Qatari agricultural sector has made significant progress in meeting local fruits and vegetables market requirements and raising the level of self-sufficiency due to the growing interest of the government. The self-sufficiency of fresh fruits and vegetables in the country is to be attained with 35 strategic projects for the production in protected facilities are intended to be introduced in the country.
The increase in the adoption of advanced farming technologies, rise in demand for organic fruits and vegetables and conducive government policies are some of the factors driving the market growth for fruits and vegetables.
Many regional companies such as Agrico are venturing into domestic fruits and vegetable cultivation by incorporating advanced farming technologies in order to make them available to its consumers year-round and move towards less dependency on trade imports.
Key Market Trends Increase in Adoption of High Technology Farming Practises
Qatar’s climate is characterized by low rainfall and high temperature. Despite these challenges, the country has made tremendous efforts over the last few years by adopting sustainable and smart agriculture techniques such as hydroponics, smart irrigation, and aquaponics that improved the optimum utilization of arable land and quality of fruits and vegetables. Hydroponics a predominant system used in Vertical farming is gaining popularity among Qatar farmers, especially in growing local fruits and vegetables including with minimal water resources. The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) is supporting local farms by helping them set up greenhouse farms which will protect the crops from adverse weather conditions. The number of greenhouse farms has increased from 471 in 2016-17 to 919 in 2017-18. The presence of advanced farming techniques such as hydroponics is enabling the availability of fruits and vegetables all year round thereby boosting Qatar’s domestic production.
Rise in Demand For Organic Fruits and Vegetables
The appetite for local produce products is gaining traction among Qatar consumers. Consumers perceive local produce is of better quality and are aware of the low carbon foot-print for local products, which includes fruits and vegetables as compared to imported products. The blockade against Qatar by its neighboring countries such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt has made Qatar government overcome the challenges and make a conducive environment for farming by using sustainable agriculture practices. The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has allocated land for building large farms to increase the efficiency in the production of organic foods, which includes, fruits and vegetables. Further subsidies for water and irrigation are provided to boost the organic production. With conducive policies supporting domestic organic farming, the market for fruits and vegetables is expected to grow during the forecast period.
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