(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Ambassadors who have visited the second Mahaseel Festival at Katara praised the fair for being a unique and excellent marketing platform for local Qatari products.
Turkey Ambassador Fikret Ozer, Bangladesh Ambassador Ashud Ahmed, and El Salvador Ambassador Alfredo Molina were accompanied by Katara General Manager Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti on a tour of the festival.
Dr Sulaiti briefed them on the various Qatari farm products, highlighting Mahaseel's objective in supporting local products and their quality and competitive price.
The Ambassadors lauded the quality and the diverse variety of products on offer at the festival.
Located in the southern area of Katara, the Festival has gained popularity since it opened this season and has continued to be busy for the third day in a row amid a remarkable public turnout. Many shoppers are patronising agricultural products which are sourced directly from Qatari farms.
High quality fresh local vegetables, poultry, dairy and various types of honey are among the products being sold at the festival. Buyers said that the local products offered are of better quality and much reasonably priced than those sold in the market. Qatari farmers participating at the festival are offering a premium package of the best agricultural products of more than 35 varieties, after cleaning, sterilisation and packaging by a specialized agricultural team under the supervision of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment to ensure that they are free of chemicals and fertilizers. It is thus providing an ideal platform not only to showcase national products but also to support the efforts to achieve food security and self-sufficiency, and also enhancing independence of the national economy.
Mahaseel also sees a wide participation of Qatari families, through the allocation of a popular food market, which contributes to the encouragement and support of local production. The stalls of the Productive Families are offering many local cuisine to visitors.
'The bread which are prepared here is popular among the visitors of the festival, said Um Ali, who makes and sells bread at low price.
Aisha Abdullah makes traditional Qatari food such as' Al Biryani and Al Makbous' for the visitors at the festival along with hot beverages such as tea, coffee and Karak. Mahaseel Festival runs till December 27 from 9am to 10pm. From January until the end of March, it will take place from Thursday to Saturday.
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