>> 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.
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.>>
> 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.
>> 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.
Meaning Qatar could be relying on local food for the foreseeable future.