The GCC countries have minimal agriculture output and have to import most of their food requirements to suffice the domestic demand and same has been the case in Qatar for a long time. To be self-sufficient regarding fruits and vegetables, Qatar has embarked on a food self-sufficiency mission, which emphasizes on increasing the domestic production. The fruit market in Qatar reached XXX thousand metric tons in 2016 and is expected to reach XXX thousand metric tons by 2022. The Qatar vegetable market reached XXX thousand metric tons in 2016 and expected to reach XXX thousand metric tons by 2022. For consumers of the GCC countries, the largest part of their expenditure is on food products, currently. The consumers in Qatar spent about USD 11 billion on food in 2014.
The growing population of the region, along with the shift to other high-value products due to the rising disposable incomes, has provided the necessary inputs for the growth of fruits & vegetables market in Qatar. With more than 90% of the country’s population concentrated in Doha, this makes the supply chain access easier for fruits and vegetables. The population has risen from 1.7 million in 2010 to 2.2 million in 2015; mainly due to an increase in the number of expats in the nation. Apart from the rising population, increasing health consciousness among the consumers has resulted in a higher consumption of fruits & vegetables in the country.
Trade opportunities do exist in the Qatar fruits & vegetable market. The increased disposable income among its citizens makes it suitable for the import of high-quality fruits & vegetables to the nation. Apart from the trade opportunities, the nation is also focusing on improving domestic production via methods like greenhouse farming and investing in farm lands abroad. Currently, all the GCC councils are collaborating with the European councils for joint research concerning greenhouse and water-efficient ways of farming. The Qatar government has shown its inclination to increase production of fruits and vegetables, by investing in farm land in various countries; thus, have a competitive advantage regarding agricultural production. The government is providing investors with financial aid so that it can strengthen its food self-sufficient vision for the country.
Market Segmentation, By Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
The agricultural market in Qatar is segmented by type of products into fruits and vegetables. These are sub segmented into onions, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, cauliflower, cucumber, cabbage, beans, eggplant, lemons, apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, strawberry, watermelon, grapefruit, dates, and olives.
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