At a glance
Qatar’s agricultural sector has expanded in recent years due to increased food demand as a result of rapid population growth and government-backed initiatives, which aim to enhance food security in the country. Such factors contributed to the expansion of the agricultural sector, which has witnessed remarkable developments, such as the introduction of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) law, one-stop-shop distribution channels, and financial support to further encourage local production. Despite Qatar’s dry climate, the country has been extensively adopting and utilising sustainable and smart technologies, including automated irrigation systems, hydroponics, and aquaponics, to enhance the quality and quantity of fruits and vegetables.
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WadiWater is an innovative Agri-tech company that specialises in the production of mineral water from air humidity. It recently signed an MOU with IPA Qatar that will enable the company to provide innovative technologies to the agriculture industry in Qatar in order to produce high quality irrigation solutions while reducing water waste. Prior to the creation of this project, WadiWater had been distributing and testing atmospheric water generators in Qatar for several years and was looking for areas for applying this technology with maximum benefits for both the environment and the people of Qatar.
Mahaseel for marketing and agri-services
Established in 2018, Mahaseel for Marketing and Agri-Services is a private company fully owned by Hassad Food. Its mandate is to support productivity advancements and enhancements of local agricultural production, in order to strengthen the country’s self-sufficiency efforts. The company will support the private sector, by marketing local farmers’ produce, as well as provide several other required agriculture related services.
As major technology trends like farm robotics, Geographic Information System, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things technologies and blockchain shape the global agritech market, Qatar has actively embraced futuristic trends. Several factors are contributing positively to influence investments in agritech in the MENA, including technology, demographic preferences and start-ups. A promising candidate for transformation of its agritech industry in the MENA region, Qatar’s producers, processors and retailers have transformed amid population growth and tech convergence.
To achieve self-sufficiency, Qatar's National Food Security Strategy aims to introduce scientific agriculture and non-traditional farm practices as the country tries to navigate climate challenges. Vertical farms and hydroponics are among other futuristic practices that offer the opportunity to leverage the key strengths of biotechnology to expand agriculture. As a growing population pushes up food demand, the country provides a fertile ground for investment in agriculture. A strong support system with easy access to capital, efficient transport and logistics, and lucrative public-private partnerships provide the right ecosystem for foreign capital.
Who is already here?
Baladna is a 100% Qatari company, and one of the largest cattle farms in the region, spreading over an area of 2.4 million sqm. The farm has a capacity to house up to 24,000 cows in a comfortable and well-conditioned environment, allowing them to reach their optimum production capacity comfortably. The farm provides an authentic model of freshness and nutritional value. Cows are milked daily using the most advanced rotary milking system to provide a wide selection of dairy products. Furthermore, the farm is open to the public and features the region’s most advanced rotary milking parlour, as well as a restaurant, a carefully manicured garden, a children’s play area, and a petting zoo.
Dandy is a private Qatari limited company established in 1973 and one of the most well-respected brands in Qatar, with a growing presence across the GCC region. Dandy specialises in dairy, beverages, juices, and ice cream products.
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