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Qatar Aims to Export Dairy, Poultry Products by Year End

21 January 2019

QATAR - After increasing the production of dairy and poultry products tremendously in the last one-and-a-half years, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment is aiming to start exporting these two types of food products by end of this year.

Qatar has achieved self-sufficiency in the production of chicken and eggs and efforts are being made to be self-sufficient in dairy products this year.

"The Ministry of Municipality and Environment has set the target to be in the position of exporting dairy and poultry products by the end of 2019 as the self-sufficiency in these products is about to be achieved," Saleh Jarullah Al Marri, Head of Animal Health Section at the Ministry told The Peninsula on the sidelines of a recent event.

He said that the Ministry of Municipality and Environment has intensified efforts to increase the local production of livestock to raise the quantity of locally produced meat and milk under food security programme of the country.

"The number of livestock in the country including camels, sheep, goats, and cows has reached 1.6 million heads," Mr said Al Marri adding that the Animal Health Section is providing all necessary vaccinations and treatments to protect the livestock.

The Ministry, he said, is running 10 veterinary centers across the country offering a number of services to livestock farms like immunizations, treatments and those related to veterinary services.

"Animal Health Section is running a separate veterinary unit for pet animals and the unit aims at curbing the increase of stray dogs and cats through sterilization," said Mr Al Marri.

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Source: The Peninsula

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