Qatar Market Insight
Qatar’s Agriculture Market was valued at USD 143.55 Million in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 209.97 Million in 2028, growing at a CAGR of 4.87% from 2021 to 2028. A number of factors like the increase in adoption of advanced farming technologies and conducive government policies supporting domestic crop production along with a highly active local supply system are some of the factors driving the market growth in the country.
Key Market Trends
Increase in Adoption of High Technology Farming Practices
Qatar’s climate is characterized by low rainfall and high temperature. Despite these challenges, the country has made tremendous efforts over the past few years by adopting sustainable and smart agriculture techniques such as hydroponics, smart irrigation, and aquaponics that have improved the optimum utilization of arable land and the quality of fruits and vegetables. Hydroponics, a predominant system used in vertical farming, is gaining popularity among Qatari farmers, especially to grow local fruits and vegetables using minimal water resources. The Ministry of Municipality is supporting local farms by helping them set up greenhouse farms that will protect the crops from adverse weather conditions. The presence of advanced farming techniques such as hydroponics is enabling the availability of fruits and vegetables all year round, thereby boosting Qatar’s domestic production.
Vegetable Sector Dominates the Market
According to the Ministry of Municipality, Qatar is planning to achieve self-sufficiency in vegetable production in the coming years. Qatari produce covers around 70% of the market’s needs during some parts of the year. As a result, a plan to achieve complete self-sufficiency is expected to be implemented in cooperation with farm owners. This has led to the development of vegetable production. The country is aiming to achieve self-sufficiency in tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, cauliflower, potato, eggplant, onion, and cabbage. This is further aiding to the growth of the market. So, the self-sufficiency programs, expansion of the vegetable farms, and opening of a new wholesale market for vegetable production are anticipated to increase in the coming years.