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Hassad Food of Qatar May Invest $625 Million This Year

May 27, 2012

Hassad Food Co., the agricultural investment arm of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, may invest 500 million euros ($625 million) this year to increase food supplies for the desert emirate, the company’s chairman said.

“Buying agricultural land isn’t a goal for the company,” Nasser al-Hajri said in an interview in the Qatari capital Doha. “The goal is to produce and improve the production from different parts of the world.”

Qatar imports 90 percent of its food and established Hassad to secure supplies. The company invested $2 billion last year, Hussain al-Abdulla, a board member at the Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign fund, said in April. The company announced plans to buy Turkish farmland last year. The state-run Qatar News Agency reported in 2010 that Hassad intended to acquire a Brazilian sugar mill.

Hassad is inviting companies to bid for a 300 million riyals ($82 million) project to build three food stores in the country, al-Hajri said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Amir Shabana in Dubai at ashabana@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.net


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