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The government aims to achieve self-sufficiency in sugar, with the possibility of exporting

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Horizontal expansion of sugar beet cultivation areas and reduce losses during harvest, shipping and transportation to the factory

The Prime Minister discusses the strategy for sustainable agricultural development in Egypt 2030 after its modernization

Dr. Mustafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, held a meeting today with Mr. Al-Qusayr, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, to follow up a number of the Ministry’s work files.

The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for the efforts made in the agricultural sector during this stage, praising, at the same time, the availability of various commodities and products to citizens, as well as the increase in the amount of crops that are exported, and he also praised the progress made in a number of important files, chiefly the “Kart The farmer”.

During the meeting, the Minister of Agriculture discussed the plan to promote sugar crops, in light of meeting the current and future needs of sugar, explaining that this plan aims to provide raw material in quantity and quality, whether from sugar cane or sugar beet, sufficient to operate the existing factories at full capacity, which is What contributes to achieving complete self-sufficiency in sugar with the possibility of exporting.

The Minister of Agriculture indicated that Egypt ranks third in the world in productivity per feddan of cane, where the average productivity per feddan reaches 48 tons, while the average global productivity reaches 29 tons / acre.

He added that the area planted with the cane crop is estimated at 325,000 feddans in the various governorates in which sugar cane is cultivated, while the area planted with the sugar beet crop reaches 610,000 feddans, with an average productivity per feddan reaching 20 tons / acre.

He explained that the sugar beet crop is one of the promising crops, as the sugar extracted from it represents about 40% of the global sugar production, and it is cultivated in the cold and temperate regions of the world.

Al-Qusayr pointed out that the plan to promote sugar crops includes a number of axes to achieve self-sufficiency in sugar, including the horizontal expansion of sugar beet cultivation areas, and work to reduce crop losses during harvest, shipping, transportation, and circulation of the crop to the factory, in addition to working on Increasing productivity per feddan for cane and beet crops.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister reviewed the taxonomic map of agricultural crops, where the Minister of Agriculture indicated that this map was prepared for the first time, explaining that it included crops of wheat, beans, barley, corn, rice, and other crops, and the geographical distribution of each crop on the level of The Republic, adding that it includes the distribution of varieties according to the nature of the climate in each region, pointing out that this map is renewed annually, based on the results of the satisfactory evaluation of the varieties.

The minister also reviewed the latest developments in the “farmer’s card” system, as well as the ministry’s plan to expand the modern irrigation project, because of its many benefits, indicating that work is currently underway to issue the fertilizer map for all agricultural lands.

The Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation presented what was done regarding the modernization of the sustainable agricultural development strategy in Egypt 2030, which was previously set by the ministry in 2009, based on the vision of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, regarding the development of the agricultural sector as a basic pillar in the national economy, and his continuous directives The necessity of working to achieve food security, vertical and horizontal expansion in the production of strategic crops, increase government investments directed to the agricultural sector, and implement major national agricultural projects.

The Minister of Agriculture said: Work has been made to update this strategy in cooperation with many national and international experts and researchers, through planning and reference frameworks and models to facilitate follow-up and evaluation of its implementation at the sectoral and national levels.

He pointed out that the Ministry, in coordination with the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, has completed the preparation of this updated sustainable agricultural strategy, which will become one of the detailed axes of the sustainable development strategy: “Egypt Vision 2030”.

The Minister of Agriculture added: The implementation plan for the strategy has been prepared during the period from 2020-2025 and the period from 2025-2030, stressing that in light of this, care has been taken to ensure that the implementation plan of the strategy, its national programs and projects are realistic and clear in terms of objectives, activities, components, and areas of implementation. , The time period, the estimated investment cost, implementation mechanisms, responsible for implementation and follow-up, quantitative indicators for measuring performance and evaluation, and the strategy includes productive, service, research and indicative programs and projects; Whether for plant, animal, poultry, or fish production, the vertical and horizontal agricultural expansion plans also include.
The minister expressed his confidence that the implementation of the implementation plans of the strategy will contribute to achieving continuous and accelerating growth in the agricultural sector, achieving a tangible increase in the sector’s contribution to the gross domestic product, improving the level of food security, increasing agricultural exports, and providing job opportunities in the agricultural sector and its related activities, especially For youth and women, production of raw materials necessary for national industry, and improving the incomes and living standards of farmers and rural Prime Time Zone.

During the meeting, the Minister of Agriculture discussed the efforts related to counting the lands owned by the ministry, and dividing those lands between what is exploited and not exploited, as well as what is leased and not leased, by preparing an integrated statement form for each asset, and the Minister of Agriculture also touched on what is done Within the framework of implementing the presidential initiative “A Dignified Life”, pointing out that a map had been prepared to distribute the centers targeted by the initiative at the republic level.

The article, the government aims to achieve self-sufficiency in sugar, with the possibility of exporting, was written in Al-Borsa newspaper.

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