Expo 2023 Doha will contribute to the development of the agricultural sector

Doha: The International Horticultural Expo (“Expo 2023 Doha”) will not only benefit Qatar, but will also help strengthen the agricultural sector across the region.

The first-of-its-kind exhibition in the GCC and MENA region expects a large number of research works from 80 countries and their renowned universities and research institutes.

Expo 2023 Doha, which spans 1.7 million sqm, will be held at Al Bidda Park between two metro stations in Doha from October 2, 2023 to March 28, 2024, under the theme “Green Desert Better Environment”.

The Secretary General of the National Committee for Hosting Expo 2023 Doha, Mohammed Ali Al Khouri, said that the main idea behind organizing such a mega event is to share experiences in the development of the sector. agriculture and the preservation of the environment.

Speaking on a TV show in Qatar yesterday, Al Khouri, who is also director of the public parks department at the ministry of municipal affairs, said the latest research in the agricultural sector will be showcased at the exhibition to help to increase agricultural land and to develop it, particularly in desert countries.

“The largest section of the exhibition will be dedicated to the agricultural sector. Usually, this exhibition is held in countries with large agricultural lands. This edition will be the first time it will be organized in a desert land,” said Al Khouri.

“We can feel, from now on, the great importance given by the participating countries and their universities and research organizations.”

He said the theme of the exhibition is “Green Desert Better Environment” because the talk of the moment is environment, climate change and planting, especially in desert countries which have limited water and land resources. arable.

“These challenges require the intervention of agricultural experts and researchers to reduce production costs and water consumption. This is what we will try to achieve through the expo and even after the event the research will continue. We expect fruitful results that will serve the whole region,” Al Khouri said.

He said more than 80 countries from all over the world are expected to attend the expo to showcase and share their experiences which will be used by desert and even agricultural countries to develop their agricultural methodologies.

On the other hand, he said, the exhibition will also focus on environmental preservation which has become a global issue aimed at reducing carbon footprint.

“Qatar has launched many initiatives to protect the environment, such as the Plant Million Tree initiative, which is expected to be completed before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” Al Khouri said. He said after that another initiative to plant 10 million trees in the country will be launched. “These initiatives are implemented mainly with government support, but many private sector companies and institutions are heavily involved,” Al Khouri said.

Lana T. Arthur