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Qatar firm launches farm to boost fodder market

14mn sq m farm launched in bid to make Gulf state self sufficient in animal feed.

A subsidiary of Qatar's Barwa Real Estate has launched a 14 million square metre farm project in a bid to make the country self sufficient in animal fodder.Hassad Barwa launched the Arakiya Farm, the first phase of which will partially offset the shortage of fodder in the market.

Fodder will be offered at competitive prices, which is expected to lead to lower prices and the total production of Arakiya Farm is expected to exceed 23,000 tonnes per year once its second phase is completed, Qatar daily The Peninsula reported on Wednesday.

The farm represents the first phase of Hassad Barwa and will seek to achieve food security in the long term, Khalifa al-Kuwari, executive director, Hassad Barwa Company, said.

He said: “The project, through the production of green fodder, will contribute in increasing the numbers of sheep. The fodder market is currently suffering from a rise in the volume of demand over supply, which in turn led to higher prices of fodder.”

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