Qatar Chamber’s Committee for Food Security and Environment has sought fair pricing for Qatari agricultural products to protect local products and encourage farm owners to increase production and achieve self-sufficiency.
This came at the committee’s second meeting attended by representatives of a number of government agencies, retailers, farm owners and producers.
The meeting was headed by Qatar Chamber board member Mohamed bin Ahmed al Obaidli in the presence of the representatives of PM office Dr Ali al Amari, Director of Quality Licensing and Market Control Department at Ministry of Economy and Commerce Abdulla bin Khalifa al Kuwari and assistant director of agricultural affairs at Ministry of Municipality and Agriculture Adel Zain al Kildy.
The meeting focused on prices of agricultural products and mechanisms of protecting local products and consumers.
At the meeting, the attendees proposed cancelling the compulsory pricing for two months for examining its impact. They also emphasised the importance of assisting farms to produce throughout the year.
The committee recommended that producers, importers and outlets join hands to provide fair prices for local products.
It affirmed the importance of issuing legislation that regulates the country’s production of agriculture and fisheries, while taking into account the global and regional experience.
Attendees also suggested establishing a farmers’ association to regulate the market and distribute roles among farms owners.