13 June 2024 03:08 AM

President El-Sisi Inaugurates 2024 Harvest Season of "Egypt’s Future" Agricultural Project and Industrial Zone Phase I

Monday، 13 May 2024 - 12:00 AM

President El-Sisi inaugurated, on Monday 13, May,2024, the first phase of the Industrial Zone and the 2024 harvest season of “Egypt’s Future” agricultural project for Sustainable Development in the New Delta.

The “Future of Egypt” is considered the first venture, under the broader New Delta Project, to achieve self-sufficiency and export agricultural surplus.

The project is also meant to reduce the bill of imports through securing hard currency and achieving the sustainable development goals.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived at Dabaa Corridor, on Monday 13, May,2024, to inaugurate the first phase of the harvest season of the “Future of Egypt” Project for Sustainable Agriculture.

The ceremony started with a recitation of verses of the Holy Quran.

The ceremony witnessed the attendance of Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki and a number of ministers and senior state officials.

The president inspected the site and listened to the details of the project from Executive Director of Egypt’s Future Agency for Sustainable Development Bahaa el Ghanam.

Ghanam briefed the president on the shape of silos storing different kinds of grains, whether wheat, rice, corn, or soybeans.

Ghanam explained that the project includes a complete analysis of the grains arriving to the silos, their weight, unloading point, and the methods of storing them to eliminate any insect infestation, if any, through the Control Rooms.

He pointed out that Egypt’s Future for Sustainable Development is one of the largest entities in the world in the field and development activities at the level of agriculture projects, agricultural industrialization, environmental economics, and integrative projects.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inaugurated a grain silo complex as part of Egypt’s Future for Sustainable Development in the Dabaa Corridor.

In this respect, the president also inspected the storage silos, where he listened to an explanation of the storage stages, which begin with the unloading of the crop, whether corn or wheat, followed by the drying stage, then the cooling stage.

The Opening of Harvest Season of Agricultural Sectors as part of ‘Future of Egypt’ Agricultural Project

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi witnessed, on Monday 13, May,2024, via video conference the opening of the harvest season of several agricultural sectors as part of the “Future of Egypt” agricultural project for sustainable development that is located along the new axis of Rod El Farag – El Dabaa road.

The director of Nubaria’s management farm Ahmed Sobhi gave a brief explanation of the farm that is built on an area of 5,000 feddans and contains the crops of apricots, pears, plums, tangerines, oranges, mangoes, and grapefruit.

He then announced the start of fruit harvesting.

The President also witnessed the opening of the harvest season in the Sadat sector farms, which cover an area of 45,000 feddans and contain the crops of beets, onions, potatoes, beans, strawberries, tomatoes, and sugar cane.

The President also witnessed the opening of the wheat harvest season in El Dabaa sector farms.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi made remarks during the opening ceremony of the first phase of the harvest season of the “Egypt’s Future” project for sustainable development, which is located along the new axis of Rod El Farag – Dabaa road.

El Sisi said that the private sector is very important in light of its advanced performance rates and efficiency in management, emphasizing the importance of the private sector’s role in development.

El Sisi asserted that the State plays an important role in development; as it addresses the challenges facing development projects.

He added that the State has faced many challenges, including how to optimally use and control water so that it would not be used unjustly, and in order to provide the best service in the agriculture field.

El Sisi noted that water is not easily made available, stressing in this regard that it is necessary to take advantage of every drop of water, develop agricultural and irrigation systems, and use appropriate seeds.

Addressing water challenge, President El-Sisi said water represents a "great challenge" for Egypt, demanding advanced irrigation and agricultural mechanisms to save water.

He added: “Everyone says that water is available in Egypt and therefore we can use it, but the truth is water in Egypt is not available that easily. We need to benefit from every drop of water and develop agricultural, irrigation, and seed systems to preserve the water.”

El-Sisi stressed that water is a ‘real challenge for us.’ Noting that, “Egypt’s population is nearly 106 million, in addition to other 9 million guests, along with other 10 million dollars as a financial burden.”

He highlighted that Egypt has spent EGP 190 billion to build water treatment plants for agriculture, adding more water resources to the country's fixed share of the Nile Water.

However, he affirmed that the high salinity in treated agricultural wastewater makes it effective only for some crops.

El-Sisi said: "We have made significant investments in the agricultural sector," adding: "We have no other choice. Otherwise, we wouldn't be able to cultivate."

Addressing the private sector, El-Sisi said that when the Dabaa and Wadi Natrun roads were built, people wondered about their worth. “We built those roads because of the large work being done here. There had to be a road network to serve it”

President El-Sisi noted that “the cultivation of two million acres in the Delta is a number equivalent to the size of three large governorates, and therefore it had to be carried out by the state because it needed very large and central planning from several sectors to serve agriculture.”

He added: “This is a huge project and we have the right to be proud of it.”

During his speech, El-Sisi pointed out that the water Egypt receives does not increase, “so we cannot bear wasting it through any irrigation methods. This water only increases with desalination plants, which costs a lot of money, and we are working on it.”

The president renewed the invitation for the private sector to participate in these agricultural projects, provided that they abide by conservative irrigation methods, saying: “I’m asking the investors: Are you ready to enter those projects, while being careful about water?”

El-Sisi said: "Every drop of water with a suitable degree of salinity for all crops is a huge loss when it is wasted on crops that we can plant with a smaller amount of water."

He emphasized the importance of the private sector adopting water-conserving methods, including centre-pivot irrigation, in light of limited water resources.

He explained that while some of these methods may not be effective for certain crops like wheat, they can be employed on a larger scale for other crops that can be exported, allowing the state to purchase wheat in return.

He stated: "In the end, a drop of available water can produce the best, largest, and most valuable yield, enabling us to sell them and buy what we need."

El-Sisi expressed that achieving self-sufficiency in wheat is a desired goal "if only there were sufficient water resources to support it."

Commenting on the new agriculture project, the President said that building huge projects at different governorates is beneficial to a lot of manpower.

He also said: “Part of the country’s profit is employing labor in projects while ensuring that the legislator works without achieving any loss. My role as a country is to provide job opportunities for people.”

He noted: “I can argue this with anyone, the private sector couldn't engage in a project of this size at a lower cost. We spent a lot of money on infrastructure, starting with building an extensive road network to serve these projects, and by 2025 all of Egypt’s future projects will be in service.”

El-Sisi said that Egypt had a dollar challenge, and we still do. Therefore, “I tell everyone, that to overcome this challenge, the local product must be huge to cover the country’s needs in all sectors.”

Speaking about developing Al-Hussein and Sayyida Zeinab mosques, El-Sisi said when the country decides to work to improve the efficiency of a mosque, it must be developed properly.

“We always try to do the maximum work possible in the shortest available time.”

“I tell you all to be reassured and optimistic about the projects that we are working on. We never discuss anything before doing it, but rather during the opening for you to see what we’ve done and the reason behind it

El-Sisi stressed: “Everything we did had to be done for this country to be established correctly. And the effect of all the projects we built is showing positively day after another.”

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hani Sweilam delivered a speech during the opening of the first phase of the harvest season of the “Egypt’s Future” project for sustainable development, in which he said Egypt faces a real challenge in providing water necessary for drinking, agriculture, and industry due to the nation’s rising population.

The minister gave a presentation on the prospects of reusing water, explaining that the size of Egypt’s water needs is estimated at 114 billion cubic meters per year.

He indicated that Egypt must import food crops of wheat, corn and sugar because if grown inside the country up to 33.5 billion cubic meters of water would be required.

This therefore reduces the size of water needs inside Egypt to 88.5 billion cubic meters – divided into agriculture, drinking water and industry.

He added that the total water resources within Egypt from the share of Nile water, water desalination, rainwater, and non-renewable deep groundwater amount to 60 billion cubic meters, while current needs require 80.5 billion cubic meters.

Sweilam pointed to a deficit of more than 20 billion cubic meters of water, and that this deficit is covered by reusing approximately 21 billion cubic meters of agricultural and sewage drainage water.

According to the minister, all of Egypt’s necessary needs per capita during the sixties were estimated at about 2,000 cubic meters per year.

By the nineties, Egypt faced a major challenge in water resources as it fell below the water poverty line due to population increases that have now made the water share per capita only 500 cubic meters per year.

The minister assured that Egypt has many solutions to confront these water problems.

These include importing more foodstuffs to cover this deficit, which has risen over time due to population increase or finding solutions within Egypt’s soil, which Sweilam said is the ideal path to cover the water deficit and avoid facing high import bills in dollars – which increase every year – by working on huge national projects to reuse agricultural wastewater.

Afterwards, the president inspected the Harvest Season 2024 in Egypt’s Future Project and listened to the details of the project from Executive Director of Egypt’s Future Agency for Sustainable Development Bahaa el Ghanam.

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