The Minister of Environment H E Ahmed Amer Mohamed Al Humaidi (third right) at the opening of Al Mazrouah vegetable market in Umm Salal yesterday. Abdul Basit
DOHA: Locally-bred, red-coloured chickens, birds such as pigeons and ducks, cattle and sheep, Syrian lamb and goats, fresh fish — all at relatively low prices — are new attractions at the seasonal vegetable market for local produce that was thrown open in Umm Salal yesterday.
Al Mazrouah Yard will remain open from 7am until 5pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Local chickens were for sale for around QR50, while a pair of pigeons cost between QR50 and QR100. Arabian goats and sheep were being sold for between QR1,400 and QR1,500. King fish and Hamour were available for QR25 and QR35 a kg, respectively.
Local vegetables, including cucumber, lettuce, eggplant, pumpkin and spinach, among other varieties, were also available. Farm-fresh vegetables were up for sale at prices that were at least 30 percent lower than those at the Central Market, vendors said.
Hassad Food Company, like last year when the market was opened for the first time, has its stall for imported fruits but at prices that are at least 10 percent less than the market rates. The vegetables are procured directly from local farms.
The market in Umm Salal, some 25km north of Doha, was opened by the Minister of Environment H E Ahmed Amer Mohamed Al Humaidi.
He told reporters after the opening ceremony that a similar market will be opened in Al Khor by this month-end and it will be bigger and have more vending facilities.
Al Mazrouah Yard also contains a new section for selling cattle, sheep, goats, chicken, birds, including ducks and pigeons, aside from some stalls selling fresh fish and eggs along with a special store for fodder sale.
Al Humaidi said the idea of opening the seasonal market was to provide food security and help local farmers, animal breeders and fishermen increase their production. The ministry is ready to help local farms wishing to expand and improve the quality of their production.
Some 55 types of vegetables and fruits were on sale in the yard, including tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, leafy vegetables, Efranji lettuce, Qatari melons, strawberries, okra, green onions and cherry tomatoes. Qatari ghee and high-quality Al Sidr honey were also on sale.