The Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade aims to establish 70 field silos as part of a strategy to increase storage capacities, raise the efficiency of wheat storage, and reduce the wastage resulting from transportation and poor storage, which amounts to about 10%, equivalent to 5 billion pounds annually.
Dr. Ali Al-Moselhi, Minister of Supply, said while inspecting the construction works of the Toukh Al-Qarmous silo in the Abu Kabir area in Sharkia Governorate, that Egypt consumes about 10 million tons of wheat to produce subsidized bread annually.
He stated that the ministry is working to implement a project to establish 6 field silos in Minya Al-Qamh – Abu Hammad – Nazlet Al-Khayal – Quesna – Al-Adwa – and Toukh Al-Qarmous) in the governorates of Sharkia, Menoufia, and Minya, with a storage capacity of 30,000 tons.
Al-Moselhi added that since 2014, wheat storage capacities have increased from 1.2-1.4 million tons to 3.4 million tons at a cost of EGP 7.5 billion, and they will be compensated within a year and a half, after which the revenues will enter the state’s general budget.
He explained that the selection of places for establishing field silos was studied in the same sites as the previous dirt barns to facilitate the collection of wheat from farmers, taking into account that they are on the main roads and close to the main and intermediate silos.
He explained that the establishment of 6 field silos is financed by the Italian Aid Program and the Debt Exchange Program, and a national program will be implemented to construct the remaining 64 silos.
Major General Sherif Basili, head of the Silos and Storage Holding, said that the Toukh Al-Qarmous silos is one of the six field silos within the debt swap program with the Italian government, and includes the construction of 6 field silos with a total capacity of 30,000 tons.
He added that the works being implemented are silos cells, and the normal work of silos and reception points has been completed by 75%.
He explained that the concrete walls and insulation work had been completed and backfilling work was currently underway, and the concrete work in the crane well had been completed.
The power transformer station and moisture insulation works have also been completed, as have the concrete structure works, and finishing is underway for the warehouses, the administrative building and the mosque.
Basili added that the state is interested in establishing new silos near the gathering centers for farmers, with the aim of saving them transportation costs and reducing their burdens so that crops can be better collected to enhance supply operations.
He added that an integrated plan of action was prepared in coordination with the concerned authorities to receive the wheat season for this year and to ensure the readiness of the developed barns and silos designated to receive the wheat crop, reduce the percentage of waste, and preserve the wheat supplied at the level of the Republic.
He added, during his meeting with Dr. Mamdouh Ghorab, Governor of Sharqia, to discuss and discuss ways to develop and establish 6 new silos in the Qaramous silos, that the new and distinguished youth thought was taken into account in the use of modern technology to work in the grain silo in the Al-Kasara Bridge district and the new reins of Salhia, which is built on an area of 11 acres with a storage capacity of 90 thousand tons at a cost of 272 million pounds.
The article “Provisioning” aims to establish 70 field silos to increase wheat storage capacities was written in Al Borsa newspaper.