Qatari businessman plans airlift of 4,000 cows to boost milk supply as blockade bites
A Qatari businessman is planning to airlift 4,000 dairy cows to the country to tackle the acute shortage of fresh milk after several Gulf nations severed ties with Doha.
Moutaz Al Khayyat, chairman of Power International Holding, will fly the bovine in 60 flights, in what is thought to be the biggest airlift of cattle ever attempted.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic, economic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing Doha of supporting extremist groups.
Most of the fresh milk and dairy products for Doha's more than one million population came from Saudi Arabia up until a week ago.
But the isolation that started on June 5 has forced Qatar to look at new friends to import food and other materials.
On Sunday, Iran had sent five planes of vegetables to Qatar.
“So far five planes carrying... vegetables have been sent to Qatar, each carrying around 90 tonnes of cargo, while another plane will be sent on Sunday,” Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi said.
Three ships loaded with 350 tonnes of fruit and vegetables were also set to leave an Iranian port for Qatar. Dairy products have also been flown in from Turkey and there is a campaign to urge people to use homegrown products.