In the desert, isolated from the rest of the world, producers can recycle nutrients using new agricultural techniques as they’ve never done before. They avoid the environmentally harmful waste that requires an expensive and labor-intensive cleanup. In addition, consumers are demanding food that is produced and handled more responsibly, and the newly implemented strategies in agriculture, such as smart farming, are reacting to those demands.
In an interview with Euronews reporters, Ahmed Al Khalaf, one of Qatar’s leading businessmen and chairman of AGRICO, advise the region on the need to concentrate on food security as a key to sustainability and achieving the reality of the future. The farm general manager of AGRICO, Dr. Fahad Saleh Ibrahim, briefly explained the importance of aquaponics technology adopted in achieving sustainability and continuous production of food crops for the masses.
Did You Know Qatar Makes Its Honey?
Apiculture has been included in the Gulf countries’ natural assets dating back to ancient times. Research has discovered that the gulf country is home to a specie of honey bee called Apis dorsata. Unlike typical honey bees, these insects survive the hottest months of the year. But how do they do it? The answer to that question is a fascinating example of adaptation at the micro-level.
Honey production has increased in popularity among farmers as they strive to meet the 2023 food sufficiency goal. Umm Qarn Farm, renowned for its honey farms, a luxury commodity that is a major export for the country and one of the main activities in the agriculture sector, was host to Euronews reporter Miranda Atty to discuss the buzz around honey farming in Qatar.
Umm Qarn Farm plays home to thousands of bees and aspires to produce two tons of honey annually to meet the country’s food sufficiency demand.
Al Waha Farm’s Samir Abadi reveals that Thirty percent of the world’s food supply is pollinated by bees which are in constant decline due to climate or chemical changes; as such, it is his passion to train and impact bee farming knowledge to newer generations