The Media Center of the Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation declared that it is untrue to sell irrigation water to farmers in accordance with the new “Water Resources and Irrigation” bill.
He explained that the draft law does not include, at all, any articles related to selling irrigation water to farmers at the level of the Republic, but rather aims to license water-raising machines on the Nile River, canals and main sewers only, to regulate the process of water distribution in a way that ensures that all beneficiaries receive their water shares fairly.
He pointed out that the bill comes as a serious step towards achieving water security, as well as regulating the use of water-lifting machines, in line with modern irrigation methods.
The draft law includes (131) articles distributed into ten chapters, in which it was taken into account to be balanced, and fulfilling the main objective of it, which is the good development and management of water resources, the fair distribution of them to all uses and beneficiaries, and the facilitation of the beneficiaries ’interaction with the Ministry’s apparatus, in a manner that achieves development goals in all its fields.
The articles of the law also aim to regulate the process of distributing water, determining the areas designated for agriculture, as well as determining the locations and specifications of water intakes and drains, and regulating the use of water-lifting machines, in addition to regulating irrigation and drainage works on new lands, and not allocating any lands for horizontal agricultural expansion before obtaining approval for them.
It also prohibits all works that would waste or waste water resources by unnecessarily discharging them or exceeding the prescribed quantities, and obstructing the flow of water or filling by dumping silt and dust into the Nile River, public waterways, flood ditches and covered drainage networks, and inflicting any damage to one of the irrigation and drainage installations or equipment. And cutting the Nile bridges and public waterways, or digging in them, or taking dirt or stones from bridges and surfaces.
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