Local dates hit mar­ket

Gulf Times - - QATAR -

The first pro­duce from the local date sea­son has started ap­pear­ing in var­i­ous re­tail out­lets, draw­ing a con­sid­er­able num­ber of cus­tomers due to their qual­ity and easy avail­abil­ity. Ac­cord­ing to local Ara­bic daily Ar­rayah, some Qatari cus­tomers told the daily that they pre­ferred local dates due to the ut­most care taken by local farm­ers to grow and nur­ture palm trees, in ad­di­tion to be­ing fresh prod­ucts dis­played in the local mar­ket. They said while it is nor­mal for date prices to be a bit high at the start of the sea­son, some sellers want to charge ex­ag­ger­ated rates. Fur­ther in­ter­ven­tion of the de­part­ments con­cerned is re­quired to curb such prac­tices, they point out. The prices, the cus­tomers in­form, could range from QR10-25 a kg for stan­dard va­ri­eties and QR35-50 a kg for more pre­mium dates. Th­ese rates are like­lyto fall as the the sea­son pro­gresses, they add. Fur­ther, the com­mence­ment of the third local dates fes­ti­val at Souq Waqif on July 19 is ex­pected to bring more va­ri­eties of dates to the mar­ket at rea­son­able prices, ac­cord­ing to the cus­tomers. It is also a good op­por­tu­nity for farms to dis­play their prod­ucts at one place, where cus­tomers can pick and choose at ease. The Min­istry of Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and En­vi­ron­ment (MME)’s agri­cul­ture sec­tion will or­gan­ise the fes­ti­val un­til Au­gust 4, co­in­cid­ing with the dates production sea­son in the coun­try. The event will see the par­tic­i­pa­tion of a num­ber of local farms and com­pa­nies. The fes­ti­val, spon­sored by the Souq Waqif man­age­ment, is part of the MME’s ef­forts to main­tain the cul­tural her­itage of the coun­try and at­tract more tourists, in ad­di­tion to en­cour­ag­ing farm­ers to pre­serve and de­velop their palm trees and keep them in the best shape pos­si­ble.

Dates dis­played at an out­let.

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