Qatar is expected to achieve 100 percent self-sufficiency in terms of the production of the most popular fruits and vegetables soon, as the country’s largest greenhouse facility is likely to be operational by next year.

A consortium of Qatari and Spanish companies – AgroQatar – has been working on a war footing to develop a state-of-the-art greenhouse facility fully equipped with cutting-edge technology to produce almost all kinds of fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Initially the facility will be spread across 100 hectares of land with an initial investment of about €100 million.

“I just talked with the Minister of Municipality and Environment. H E Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, about the final touches of a very important project for developing a huge greenhouse in Qatar,” Ambassador of Spain to Doha, Ignacio Escobar, told The Peninsula.

Ambassador Escobar added: “A Spanish company has set up a good deal, and we are waiting for the final details of the contract to be signed in next few weeks. The greenhouse will be equipped with modern technology that will allow growing almost all kinds of fruits, including strawberries and cranberries at affordable prices throughout the year.”

The Spanish envoy said that the companies involved in the project are the finest in Spain, dealing with greenhouse facilities in Almeria the south-eastern province of the country, which has weather conditions similar to Qatar. The technology is so cost-effective that it will enable Qatar to grow fruits and vegetables even for export purposes.

Qatar has been giving due importance to self-sufficiency in terms of essential food supplies, and the efforts were accelerated especially after the imposition of the blockade early June last year. –