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Russia plans to export halal chicken to Qatar by year-end

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Qatar residents may have a new poultry option – Russian chicken – to choose from at the supermarket this year, after Qatari and Russian authorities signed an agreement that would help address the Gulf state’s ongoing shortage of the birds.

Speaking to Doha News, a Russian embassy official confirmed that representatives from Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian federal agency that oversees the import and export of agricultural products, met with Hassad Food officials here earlier this month and signed a protocol to enable the import of halal poultry, meat and other Russian goods to Qatar.

The amount of poultry that will be shipped here has not been disclosed. But shipments will likely include both fresh and frozen chicken, and will hopefully begin coming into Qatar this year, said Alexey Kocheshkov, Second Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Qatar.

He added:

“Russia has huge capacity of halal poultry due to the fact that some Russian republics are Muslim. In fact, we produce more halal chicken than non-halal chicken.

For us, there is a strong industry in halal products and Russia is very interested in cooperating with some Gulf states such as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in this regard.”

The agreement was signed amid the first meeting of the joint Qatari-Russian committee for trade, economical and technical cooperation.

Following the two-day meeting, Rosselkhoznadzor issued a statement saying that Qatar “expressed interest in investment potential of the Russian agricultural sector, especially in poultry production, and in import of Russian agricultural products.”

Watania chicken
Watania chicken

This followed efforts by the Russian body at the end of the last year to get several animal products, including beef, poultry meat, mutton, eggs and egg products  approved by the Qatari authorities.

“They are expected to be initialed in the nearest time,” Rosselkhoznadzor added.

“Like all Arab countries, Qatar is interested in grain import from Russia. However, now we’re discussing their ability to purchase poultry production, cattle and small cattle. They are certainly interested in production that has passed halal control and meet the demands allowing Muslims to eat it,” assistant to the head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Aleksey Alexeyenko is quoted by Russian news agency Interfax as saying to the Izvestia daily newspaper.

The UAE is also expected to receive Russian halal poultry, as the head of Russia’s Economic Department of the Council of Muftis (Muslim religious scholars) is also negotiating with Emirati authorities to agree on exports of halal chicken. The first deliveries there are expected by this summer, according to industry website Customs Today.

The publication added that market experts at Russia’s Agrorucom agency believe the country could potentially supply 10,000 to 15,000 tonnes of halal poultry meat to the Middle East in 2015, if supplies were launched by mid-2015, expanding to at least double this figure in 2016.

Not enough chicken

News of this agreement comes as Qatar faces a poultry shortage, particularly of fresh chicken.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

In January this year, supermarkets across Doha including Lulu, Carrefour and Family Food Center said they hadn’t received any shipments of fresh poultry for days, and sold out very quickly of the small supplied they did get.

Two years ago, Qatar faced a similar situation when Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary ban on the export of all poultry products. That move was an effort to supply its own domestic markets and stabilize prices.

To make up for the shortfall at the time, Qatar began importing chicken from Bulgaria.

In a bid to address the shortage and bolster Qatar’s precarious food security, plans were initially floated here to establish a chicken and egg farm complex, which would be funded through an initial public offering in addition to private investors.

The 5.7 sq km complex would have had the capacity to produce up to 40,000 tons of chicken and 7.5 tons of eggs each year.

However, last month the company that would have helped finance the project said it was ordered by regulators to put the flotation plans on hold.

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Anon.
Anon.
5 years ago

Perhaps they should consider exporting professional females.

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
5 years ago
Reply to  Anon.

Astagfurullah

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
5 years ago
Reply to  Anon.

You may be able to consume them but you can’t eat them.

Shabzed
Shabzed
5 years ago
Reply to  Anon.

Professional you said

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
5 years ago
Reply to  Anon.

Deleting because I know where this is going!

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
5 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Deleting comments as a ‘journalist’? I thought this is the task of the GESTAPO or the Sharia police. If you can’t argue to control the comments then you are missing your job.

Oracle
Oracle
5 years ago

Try to keep your comments ethical, Daniel. Your comment is indeed insulting.

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
5 years ago
Reply to  Oracle

To me it is insulting when comments are being censored by a self-proclaimed authority. But I guess this is typical for this part of the world.

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
5 years ago

Good that the comments were removed

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
5 years ago

and a shame that more of yours aren’t, but such is Shabina.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
5 years ago
Reply to  Anonymouse

Deleting for personal attack.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
5 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Personal attack? Seriously? I think that you need to step back from you job and think about what you hope to achieve.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
5 years ago

Yes, it is a shame that she doesn’t remove more comments. There, happy, Shabina?

thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
5 years ago

You don’t see the irony in that statement….

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
5 years ago

Deleting for being a troll. Comments about prostitution on an article about chicken are irrelevant and in violation of our policy. Please read it.

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
5 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Better to remove anonymous ids. They are similar to trolls.

The Reporter
The Reporter
5 years ago

We may all be a bit ironic, often incredulous, very often sarcastic, but thankfully we’re not insulting, and I hope it stays that way.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
5 years ago

Deleting for being a troll.

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
5 years ago

Haha. Empty shelves.

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
5 years ago

Empty shelves are the trade marks of unsuccessful communist states like the former Eastern Germany, for example. I didn’t know that Qatar was a communist state, or are they just incompetent?

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
5 years ago

Looks like the antipathy towards each other is easing a bit.

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  Anonymouse

It won’t really be halal. They will just tell you it is. Maybe they will annex Palm tree island

Oracle
Oracle
5 years ago

One thing I cannot understand is how Russia, who is importing poultry, is going to export the same to the Middle East?

Yacine
Yacine
5 years ago
Reply to  Oracle

I don’t think Russia is a net importer of poultry, but I am not sure. Any sources to back up what you said?

Oracle
Oracle
5 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

I didn’t say that Russia is a net importer or poultry. However, visiting Russian supermarkets offer a clear evidence of country’s reliance on imported poultry. After banning poultry imports from Germany and Italy (due to bird flu epidemic), Russia increased poultry imports from Belarus and Turkey.

Red_Panigale
Red_Panigale
5 years ago

What I find funny is how Qatar with its immense resources and tiny population cannot open a chicken farm of sizable output. It would literally cost less than some of the car collections of people here and be far more productive to society than some shiny vehicles bought with the sole purpose of impressing females.

Youre not feeding a 100 million people, Youre feeding barely over 2 million. It is not hard work at all, I know people in the US whose farms can easily handle such a small number of people.

These guys need to stop throwing money at the problem and build something here.

Elusive Snake
Elusive Snake
5 years ago
Reply to  Red_Panigale

I bet a lot of chicks end up as falcon food as well…..

The Reporter
The Reporter
5 years ago

Fresh chicken full of high energy – polonium

Mr. B
5 years ago

May the Great Chicken Shortage never return!

Michkey
Michkey
5 years ago

Russian chicks are good, maybe even better than the British ones. Pick a nice chick, take it to the farmhouse, barbecue! Good ol’ days will be back!

Oracle
Oracle
5 years ago
Reply to  Michkey

Are we talking about the same type of “chicks” here 🙂

Michkey
Michkey
5 years ago
Reply to  Oracle

Sorry, correction: “barbecue the chick”, you know what I mean.

Kazmister
Kazmister
5 years ago
Reply to  Michkey

Agreed. Run a skewer through the damn thing

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
5 years ago
Reply to  Michkey

Does every comment in this section have to be about prostitutes?? Deleting this thread because of it.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Did you honestly not see that coming

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

I didn’t 🙁

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

When will you do an article about the open prostition in some doha hotels? I’d love to see the response from MOI when you ask them for comment

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Will keep this idea in mind. Deleting the rest of the thread because it’s irrelevant to this article

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Well four up votes now, if you need me to name names of where you can find open prostitution I’ll be happy to help. Maybe Peter can go undercover as a patron……

Restie
Restie
5 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Just wanted to add that I think you are doing a great job moderating. One of the biggest issues with DN was the free-for-all mudslinging and derailment of every article by immature and frustrated attention seekers, and I’m happy to see you taking a no tolerance approach to it.

Keep up the good work.

Curiosity Killed the Cat
Curiosity Killed the Cat
5 years ago

As a side issue does anyone know about meat laws here? When I cook any meats here, so much water comes out. This did not happen in other countries we’ve lived. Are they (butcher/supermarket etc) allowed to inject water to plump up the weight? The meat sort of stews rather than fries.

AEC
AEC
5 years ago

Chernobyl chook?

AEC
AEC
5 years ago
Reply to  AEC

i know it’s not russia but it was too tempting.

dubious
dubious
5 years ago

Isn’t the world supposed to be giving Russia the cold shoulder at the moment for its maskirovka wars in Crimea and The Ukraine?
I guess Qatar can do business with Russia as they’re both seen as pariahs when it comes to human rights!

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