Egypt unveils $ 7 billion project to cultivate desert

Egypt has just unveiled major advances in a major agricultural production project in the Delta with investments of 133 billion pounds (equivalent to 7.3 billion dollars) to achieve self-sufficiency in strategic products and export the profits abroad.

Officials say the project is part of Egypt’s horizontal expansion plan, which aims to ensure food security to cope with the growing population. The project offers many investment opportunities for the private sector, in addition to increasing Egyptian exports of agricultural crops to provide foreign exchange.

Farmers’ union leader Hussein Abu Saddam said the government was facing huge challenges in ensuring food security. This is in light of the continuing increase in population (more than 100 million people) and the unprecedented extent of encroachment on agricultural land in the delta. In addition, there has been the recent food shortage crisis.

Abu Saddam added, in statements to CNN, that the project is the largest of the new Delta projects, which aim at horizontal expansion through the recycling of desert areas based on the supply of irrigation water to from water treatment plants.

He highlighted the competitive advantages of the project, such as its proximity to ports and airports, which facilitates the transport of equipment needed for land reclamation, the export of profits abroad and the availability of water needed for this bonus.

For his part, the leader of the Horticultural Export Development Association, Mohsen El-Beltagy, believes that the project will increase the size of the planted area of ​​many strategic raw materials, such as beets and apples. land, while offering high-quality agricultural products at reasonable prices to citizens.

Egypt will meet its wheat needs until the end of 2022

Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly estimates that the volume of local production will reach 10 million tonnes of wheat for the first time in Egypt’s history to meet the country’s needs by the end of 2022.

Mohsen El-Beltagy said that the private sector contributes to the implementation of the project through many mechanisms, whether it is to provide the necessary equipment for the recycling of desert areas and many other opportunities, especially that the project area is huge and the crops that will be planted there are different.

According to official data, the total cultivated area in Egypt is 9.7 million fattening (40.7 million ha), with a total cultivated area of ​​17.5 million fattening (73.5 million ha), contributing 15% of GDP and 17% of agricultural exports.

Egypt aims to add 4 million acres (1.618 million hectares) through horizontal expansion in desert areas, including the Southern Valley Development Project (Toshka), the Northern Development Project and in central Sinai, the Giant New Delta project, the 1.5 million hectares Egyptian countryside. development project and expansion projects in the new West Minya Valley.

The government has launched a huge infrastructure to enable the private sector to invest in the “Egypt’s Future” project, including huge water treatment plants, which will make it easier for the private sector, large producers and farmers to start reclaiming land.

The project will not achieve self-sufficiency with all strategic products, but aims to increase the volume of supply of these and achieve a surplus on certain crops such as citrus fruits to increase the volume of exports abroad. This is to maintain Egypt as the largest citrus producer and exporter and to take advantage of this comparative advantage to expand citrus cultivation to maximize production.

Last year, Egypt managed to export 5.6 million tonnes of agricultural products, an increase of 486.8 thousand tonnes compared to the previous year. The list of best agricultural exports included “citrus fruits, potatoes, onions, strawberries, pomegranates, potatoes, beans, fodder beets, guavas, peppers, mangoes, garlic, grapes, watermelons,” according to an official statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture. .

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