The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) announced the adoption of a new agriculture research strategy in order to increase Qatar’s livestock and agriculture production. The main of the whole project is to achieve food security and self-sufficiency in the country.
Agriculture Research Department director Massoud Jarallah al-Marri said that MME’s efforts on a number of research plans and projects to face the challenges of the development of Qatar’s agriculture sector, especially with regards to the dearth of water resources, limited cultivable land and the small scale of livestock production.
The project features preservation of the genetic resources, raising animal fodder production with a view to various alternatives, tissue culture, and bio-resistance of plants.
The animal production station at Al Sheehaniyah is one of the major projects, which was received by the department last year. It is also a research facility for improving the qualities of certain kinds of animal fodder.
The Ministry also introduced a project to analyse the use of saline soil and saline water in producing agriculture crops and reducing the deterioration of soil quality. The programme is jointly implemented with the Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre. Land reclamation and soil maintenance are the primary aims of the project.
MME is also working towards developing and devising a number of sophisticated irrigation systems aimed at reducing the use of irrigation water.
The preliminary report of the related experiments showed the consumption of irrigation water could be reduced by 68% compared to the conventional methods.