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DOHA: India was the biggest exporter of vegetables to Qatar in December last year, followed by Saudi Arabia, according to a report released by the Consumer Protection Department (CPD) at the Ministry of Business and Trade.
The monthly report on vegetables arrived in the central market in Doha showed a 26 percent increase in supply in December compared to the annual average.
However, the market received the biggest quantity of vegetables in July — 18,056 tonnes — because the month coincided with the holy month of Ramadan, when demand for fruit and vegetables was at its peak.
The second highest quantity was received in December, amounting to 18,004 tonnes. Supply fell in November (16,386 tonnes) compared to October (17,675 tonnes). The annual supply average has been put at 14,260 tonnes.
Winter being the harvest season in Qatar, locally produced vegetables flooded the market in December, but stood only in the fifth position compared to imported consignments.
India stood first as far as exports were concerned, with items such as onion and chilly, among others. Saudi Arabia came second with supply including tomato, caulisflower, cucumber, egg plant, etc.
Jordan was in the third position and its exports mainly comprised tomato, lettuce and chilly, followed by Pakistan in the fourth position, with products including mainly onion and potato.
Local products stood fifth, with a variety of items such as cucumber, koosa, egg plant, tomato and chilly, among others.
Iran claimed the sixth position followed by China in the seventh, according to the report.