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Qatar Remains Unshakable Even After 62 Days Of Siege

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Qatar has totally surprised many during the crisis as they continue to find ways to beat siege and frustrate the blockading countries.

Qatar immediately found new trade partners to meet their needs, explored new import channels, opened new maritime lines, increased domestic production and just kept going on in spite of the crisis.

Even after 62 days of siege, common man has not faced any difficulties in the country and in fact the crisis has made the country stronger and united.

Qatar turned to Turkey and Iran for food supplies. Turkish exports to Qatar increased 51.5% in June compared to the previous month (May 2017) and reached $53.5m. Food, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, poultry and water topped the list of Turkish exports to Qatar. Till the second week of July, Turkey had sent 197 cargo planes, 16 trucks and one ship to Qatar to meet its daily needs since the crisis started.

A Qatari company brought in 4000 cows from Germany, US and Australia in order to beat the siege and make Qatar self-sufficient.

Domestic companies increased the production capacities to meet the demand in the market, which was encouraged by the government.

Few days back, in a statement to QNA, Assistant Undersecretary for Agriculture and Fisheries Affairs at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment Sheikh Dr Faleh bin Nasser Al Thani said that new livestock production projects in Qatar included Baladna livestock farm, which targeted 40 percent share in dairy products’ market in the country.

Hassad Food started an initiative to turn unproductive farms into productive ones, Hassad Food will be purchasing the local farms yearly production of fruits and vegetables.

Meanwhile, a deal was signed with Turkish government to strengthen the co-operation in the agricultural and livestock sectors.

The country is coming with a strategic food security facilities and warehouses at Hamad Port, with a capacity of storing food for 3 million people for two years. Qatari companies will be joining hands with foreign companies to increase local production. Recently,  88 Qatari and 200 Turkish companies met in İzmir to develop commercial relations between the two countries.

Hamad Port has successfully broken the siege imposed on Qatar since June 5 with the opening of five new shipping lines. Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said on Friday. “We’re thinking about alternatives for land trade routes with Qatar but the easiest way is passing through Iran,” Zeybekci told Anadolu Agency.

The Director of Hamad Port, Captain Abdul Aziz Al Yafei, said that the port’s new lines link various ports in the region and beyond like  Sohar and Salalah in Oman, Mundra and Nhava Sheva in India, Izmir in Turkey and other ports served by these international companies from all over the world.

He revealed that Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) received in the first half of this year up to 470,000 tonnes of general cargo and about 407,000 heads of livestock, in addition to 449,000 tonnes of gabbro and building materials. The Ministry of Transport and Communications has also awarded the contract of part one of the second phase of the Hamad Port for $2bn.

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