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By Deena Kamel Yousef, Staff Reporter
Published: 17:30 November 18, 2012
The restrictions imposed by agriculture producing countries on the export of food grains have caused an estimated over $50bn over the last four to five years.
Due to the controls on food exports, the wheat importing countries must have caused an extra payment of $21.5bn and rice importing countries must have paid at least an additional $19bn after the producing countries imposed restrictions on the exports.
Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced on Wednesday that it would award work contracts worth $329.5 million for seven major projects, including new health centres and additional operation theatres at the Hamad General Hospital.
The projects are part of Ashghal’s ambitious $3.90 billion plans for 2013/2014 to develop 124 building projects across Qatar, a report in Gulf Times, a local Doha based newspaper, said.
The 131-km Doha Metro Railway will have at least 48 stations and half of the entire facility would be built underground at depths up to 50 meters. In a presentation, Qatar Rail commercial manager Stephen Lines disclosed that the elevated portion of the Metro railway is 48km long. Construction has started this year and it is expected to be completed in 2019.
Qatar's food production industry accounts for only about 7% of the country's domestic consumption, a new report said yesterday highlighting its dependence on food imports for local needs.
In 2010, Qatar produced 0.1mn tons of foods across categories, the GCC food industry report said yesterday.
"Qatar is an important business hub in the GCC. Qatar is more affluent compared to other member countries in GCC with the highest per capita income. With an enviable economic outlook and growing private consumption, food consumption in Qatar is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5% up to 2017," the report said.