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>> When Qatar was cut off by four countries a year ago, people weren't crying over split milk, but a lack of milk and other food products all together.>> Fresh milk is another thing that I'm filling the shortage of, yes.>> But a year on and the small Gulf country has reportedly weathered the economic boycott with big increases in local food production.
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Qatar previously relied heavily on food imports, mostly from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. But in June last year those countries along with Egypt signed a diplomatic and economic tie with Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism which the country denies.>>
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> We quickly increased production lines and tripled our production within a period of six months. We are able to cover nearly 60% of local demand for these products.>> Analysts say the Gulf row has failed to isolate Doha, and diplomats say no side showed signs of backing down.
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>> According to one government official, while Qatar was once dependent on Saudi Arabia for the bulk of its milk and dairy, local production now covers around 80% of market needs. The same official claimed production of Qatari farms increased 300% over 2017. This meat factory produces 30 tons of processed meat and chicken a day, and is aiming for 60 tons by the end of the year.
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Meaning Qatar could be relying on local food for the foreseeable future.