To ensure the supply of green fodder in the local market, the Minister of Economy and Commerce, H E Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed Al Thani, visited a project which produces green fodder by using treated water in Umm Ghuwailina, Salwa Road.
The project implemented by First Agriculture, a subsidiary of Al Qamra Holding, is one of the three projects that were awarded to the private sector to encourage them to participate in food security projects by investing in green fodder production.
“The project is adding about 2,000 tonnes of green fodder to the existing supply to the market in 30 to 45 days,” Dr Hossam Eldin Mostafa, CEO of Al Qamra Holding told The Peninsula. He said that the company harvested first crop of green fodder on January 15 this year and second crop about 2,000 tonnes is ready to harvest.
“We will start harvesting within a couple of days,” said Mostafa adding that under the project the company has 38 farms spread over an area of 240 hectors arable land.
Mostafa added that the company offers its products at a wholesale rate and hence it is competitive and lower compared to other places.
The stock of previous harvest was completely sold out and now buyers can place their orders in advance for new stock as the company is going to start harvesting within a couple days. “The company is using a modern system of irrigation that helps reduce the consumption of water about 25 percent,” said Mostafa
The Minister of Economy and Commerce accompanied by Al Qamra Holding Chairman, Hamad Saleh Al Qamra and a number of company officials during the visit, learned about the progress of the project and production methods.
The First Agriculture has executed the project in record time using state-of-the-art technology in order to get the maximum yield from the cultivated area and help in reaching self-sufficiency of green fodder.