(MENAFN - The Peninsula) By Sanaullah Ataullah I The Peninsula
Doha: Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has provided first electricity connection to alivestock farm at Abu Nakhla under its ongoing project to connect six animal farm complexes with electricity across the country.
The new service will help reduce operation cost of livestock farms which were depending on generators for power supply. The move is part of a major state project to increase the local production of meat and milk to ensure food security in the country.
The new service will cover six farm complexes operating in Al Khrairb, Al Simsimah, Al Wakrah, Al Khor, Al Sheehaniya and Abu Nakhlah. 'We have connected first livestock farm at Abu Nakhla farm complex under a project to support owners of farms, said Abdullah Faraj Mubarak Nasrullah, Assistant Director of Customer Services at Kahramaa in statement posted on the social networking site of Kahramaa.
He said that the project will encourage farms to expand their business by making more investment. 'The new service will provide suitable environment for raising animals and cut the operation costs of farms including maintenance of generator and diesel, said Nasrullah.
He said that Kahramaa had announced in July 2018 that it was ready to provide electricity connection to farm complexes and had asked farm owners to submit the requests to serve the purpose.
Faris Al Ahbabi, the owner of the farm has lauded Kahramaa for providing electricity connection.
'As soon as I came to know about the initiative of Kahramaa regarding electricity connection, I applied immediately for the service, said Al Ahbani advising other farms to submit the request to benefit from the initiative as it was very useful. Farm complexes have become an important factor in supporting strategic stocks to promote self-sufficiency and food security of Qatar.
According to the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, the number of livestock in the country is close to 1.6 million heads, while the number of livestock heads in the complexes is about 350,000, of which sheep constitute 66 percent.
The blockade proved a stimulant for private companies and animal breeding farms to improve their performances as a result self-sufficiency in local products increased significantly.