DOHA: The Ministry of Municipality and Environment kicked off a three-day festival on Thursday to promote Kanar fruit fresh from local farms at farmers’ winter market Al Mazrouah Yard in Umm Salal.
Kanar fruit is known as ‘Bair’ for most of Asian expatriate community. It is also called Ziziphus jujuba, Chinese, Korean and Indian dates.
A total of 11 local farms are offering varieties of Kanar fruits in large quantity at the festival at special prices from 7am to 5pm, said a release.
Yousef Al Khulaifi, Director of Agricultural Affairs Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment inaugurated the Kanar Festival yesterday. The inauguration ceremony was attended by the General Supervisor of farmers’ winter markets, Abdurrahman Al Sulaiti and other officials.
“Kanar Festival is part of a slew of events and activities organised by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment at winter farmers’ markets to support and encourage local farmers,” said Al Khulaifi.
He said that the festival is being held after the successes of previous festivals which features various products including honey, flower, and animal products at the markets in Al Wakrah, Al Khor-Al Dhakhira and Al Mazrouah.
“Kanar Festival also aims at attracting more customers for agricultural produce being showcased by the farmers at these markets,” said Al Khulaifi.
He said that experts from Agricultural Affairs Department are available to explain about Kanar tree and how to care it.
Al Khulaifi noted that all festivals were successful in terms of attracting customers, selling products and that the purpose of such markets is to offer farm fresh local vegetables at low prices.