Markets and shops across the country are witnessing an abundance of consumer and non-consumable food commodities of all kinds, and a doubling of ration supplies quotas coinciding with the holy month of Ramadan, at a time when sales outlets are witnessing fierce competition to attract shoppers through a package of offers and discounts on goods, household items, Ramadan necessities, and others. . Food companies, businessmen, and economists confirmed the availability of sufficient stocks of commodities and food products to cover local consumption, noting that the prices of Ramadan commodities are stable, in terms of the initiatives of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in addition to promotions and discounts, which led to market stability and increased the pace of competition, at a time when it intensified. In it, commercial complexes are preparing to receive the holy month, as commercial stores, especially food commodities departments, have increased their activity to the maximum degree by offering various goods and products to meet the needs of customers at competitive prices. They added to Qatar News Agency (QNA) that the markets and shops are witnessing remarkable movement these days by shoppers to buy Ramadan goods, noting that the rate of increase in consumption during the month of Ramadan is about 30 percent compared to normal months, which raises the consumer spending bill, which is considered one of The most prominent financial challenges during Ramadan, stressing the need to set a budget for the holy month, avoid being tempted by offers, choose the appropriate timing for shopping, and focus on essential goods and foodstuffs. With the start of the blessed month, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced a number of successive initiatives during the past week, as part of its package of initiatives for the holy month, as it launched the discounted consumer goods list initiative, which includes more than 900 commodities, in coordination with about 20 malls, shops and commercial outlets. It also announced an initiative to double the share of rice, sugar, oil and evaporated milk for citizens benefiting from food supplies, for one time. In the same context, the Ministry announced the joint national initiative to encourage local production and subsidize sheep meat prices for the blessed month of Ramadan, in coordination with the Ministry of Municipality and the Widam Food Company (Wdam), where an agreement was reached with a company "And last" To provide about 30,000 heads of local sheep, to sell them at reduced prices to citizens (two sheep per citizen). The Ministry stated that these initiatives come within the framework of its keenness to provide the needs of citizens and residents of consumer goods at reduced prices during the holy month, as spending increases on the purchase of food and consumer goods, and other commodities of relative importance to the consumer, noting that it has coordinated with sales outlets to reduce the burden. on community members, by adding the most important food and consumer needs of the family. She pointed out that the joint national initiative to encourage local production and support sheep meat prices for the month of Ramadan comes to ensure the availability of red meat to citizens at reasonable prices, in addition to creating a balance between supply and demand, which contributes to price stability in the markets.
In a related matter, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company confirmed, in its response to questions from Qatar News Agency (QNA), that it has raised its special preparations for the holy month by providing sufficient stock of goods and products to cover consumption, in addition to launching promotional offers starting from the month of Sha’ban to encourage customers to purchase Ramadan needs within a period of time. Sufficient and reduce crowding, noting that it is preparing to launch a variety of programs, initiatives and interactive competitions throughout the month. She added "We have a stock of all imported commodities, and local national products will be available through our branches and present in our Ramadan offers, in cooperation with local producers and Qatari farms, in addition to providing customers with many and varied offers for more than 500 products at a low price that include basic commodities such as flour, some dairy products, juices, and others. Among the commodities that are more popular during the blessed month, in addition to offering more than 900 commodities at reduced prices provided by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The company noted the availability of sufficient supplies of commodities and basic food products at all times, and that it operates according to a vision in which it possesses resources and strategic plans that enable it to overcome any obstacles and prepare proactively for various circumstances based on in-depth studies of market conditions on an ongoing basis. Al Meera revealed the continuity of coordination between it and the various government and private institutions and agencies in the country throughout the year and not only during the month of Ramadan, stressing the concerted efforts to enhance the well-being of the people of Qatari society, meet their needs and always provide the best. Al Meera noted that during the holy month, it launched a campaign "Mir and donate" In cooperation with a group of leading brands that donate part of their sales revenues to Qatar Charity to support needy families, and their customers will be able to donate directly at the payment boxes also for the benefit of these groups, in addition to presenting 1,000 vouchers to Qatar Charity, which in turn delivers them to those who deserve it. Al Meera Consumer Goods Company, a Qatari public shareholding company, operates in the field of retail and operates the largest network of branches exceeding 60 branches nationwide. It also has diversification in supply chains in anticipation of any emergency challenges. It maintains strategic stocks in partnership with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in All times, as well as its cooperation with local and international suppliers, as it imports from various markets around the world and provides continuous supplies for all the needs of consumers in Qatar while adhering to the highest quality standards. In the same context, Mr. Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Tawar Al-Kuwari, First Vice-President of Qatar Chamber, stressed that the initiatives of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the strict control by the competent authorities, and the fierce competition between centers and shops led to a calm in prices, pointing out that the state support initiative undertaken by the Ministry is The appropriate mechanism for price stability, which reflected positively on the markets and allowed consumers to obtain food commodities at reasonable prices. In his testimony to Qatar News Agency (QNA), he pointed out that the local market is witnessing the availability of all kinds of food and non-food commodities, and that the coincidence of the Ministry of Commerce’s initiatives and their inclusion of basic commodities, including meat and catering supplies for citizens, has reduced consumer expenditures incurred by families during this month, in addition to controlling The rhythm of consumer goods prices in stores. In turn, the economic expert, Khaled Al-Kuwari, pointed to the high demand for food commodities, as the rate of consumption during the month of Ramadan increased by 30 percent compared to the regular months, pointing out that the current week witnessed an increase in the turnout of citizens and residents to buy their needs of food commodities and Ramadan requirements, as In the holy month, as usual, banquets, invitations, and family and family gatherings abound, which increases the rate of consumption than it was previously. Al-Kuwari noted to Qatar News Agency (QNA) that the blessed month, despite its rituals, spiritual specificity and sublime religious dimensions, is not hidden from us the reality of the growth in the volume of consumer spending, and therefore it is difficult to control the budget that is set for this month, as sudden and unforeseen demands appear during this period. It is expected that the rate of spending will increase, whether due to family occasions or evening parties and the food and drink they require, in addition to the increase in spending on Eid necessities at the end of Ramadan, and therefore attempts to control or control expenses often fail. The most demanded foodstuffs in the month of Ramadan include flour, sugar, edible oils, rice, vegetables, pasta, milk, poultry, fresh meat, and bottled drinking water. In the context of advice to rationalize food consumption in Ramadan, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry provided a package of advice to consumers during the holy month, which included setting a budget for shopping, a list for purchasing basic needs and adhering to them, avoiding rushing to buy unnecessary goods and foodstuffs, in addition to choosing the appropriate time for shopping. It is preferable that it be away from the hours of fasting, because the feeling of hunger pushes the buyer to buy more than he needs, in addition to avoiding being led by imaginary offers and discounts, and ensuring that the price of the product is confirmed before and after the discount, and reading the expiry date of the product, its contents, the method of its use and storage, in addition to trying to be limited To cook one or two items during breakfast to avoid food waste, in addition to storing and preserving the remaining food in the correct ways to reuse it later.
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