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Friday, 20 October 2017

Land of milk and money: Qatar looks to farms to beat the Gulf boycott | World news | The Guardian

Land of milk and money: Qatar looks to farms to beat the Gulf boycott | World news | The Guardian:

"John Dore is off to Doha’s vast and luxurious Hamad International airport to greet the 8pm flight from Los Angeles via Li├Ęge, Belgium.

Wearing a straw hat with a small metal shamrock badge in homage to his Irish roots, his imminent visitors are neither family nor friends. Nor are they human at all, but rather a herd of 120 cows.

A 58-year-old farmer from Co Kildare might seem an unlikely pivotal figure in a bitter dispute between the Gulf monarchies, but as the chief executive of the sprawling Baladna farm in the desert 60 kilometres north of Doha, Dore is a vital player in Qatar’s struggle for political survival."



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