Qatar's Barwa launches fodder farm
Doha, January 28, 2009
Qatar has launched a mega farm to help ease its shortage of green fodder for animals such as sheep.
A subsidiary of Qatar's Barwa Real Estate has launched a 14 million sqm farm project in a bid to make the country self sufficient in animal fodder.
Hassad Barwa launched the Arakiya Farm, the first phase of which will partially offset the shortage of fodder in the market.
Fodder will be offered at competitive prices, which is expected to lead to lower prices and the total production of Arakiya Farm is expected to exceed 23,000 tonnes per year once its second phase is completed.
The farm represents the first phase of Hassad Barwa and will seek to achieve food security in the long term.
The project, through the production of green fodder, will contribute in increasing the numbers of sheep. The fodder market is currently suffering from a rise in the volume of demand over supply, which in turn led to higher prices of fodder.
Hassad Barwa Company aims to achieve Qatar's food security and environment safety in the present and future. It aims to develop sustainable projects through exploiting the available natural resources while preserving the local environment and developing national animal wealth.
The company is working to change Qatar's climate by increasing of cultivated green lands, preserve the wildlife and create more job opportunities for Qatar nationals.-TradeArabia News Service