Madbouly: A plan to reclaim more than two million feddans … and apply the modern irrigation system to reach 4 million feddans
Dr. Mustafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, said that the state is spending hundreds of billions to preserve every water point and ensure its proper utilization.
The Prime Minister began his series of meetings with the specific committees in the House of Representatives, where he held a meeting today in the presence of Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Ati, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mr. Al-Qusayr, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, and Engineer Ashraf Rashad, leader of the parliamentary majority, Secretary-General of the “Future of the Nation” party, And Major General Hisham Al Hosary, Chairman of the Agriculture, Irrigation, Food Security and Livestock Committee, and officials of the Ministries of Water Resources and Irrigation, and Agriculture and Land Reclamation.
The Prime Minister welcomed officials of the House of Representatives at the first of the meetings that were agreed to be held with the qualitative committees in the House of Representatives on a regular basis. To discuss the most important files in the various sectors of the state, in light of the competence of each of these qualitative committees, as well as discuss the demands raised in each sector.
Madbouly emphasized that these meetings will constitute an opportunity to review the plans and projects of the various ministries, noting that what concerns us in the agricultural and irrigation files is the scarcity of water in light of the large population increase. As the amount of available water has not seen any change for nearly 50 years, despite the steady population increase that the country witnessed during this period, with at least 40 million Prime Time Zone at this stage, and therefore the state spends hundreds of billions to maintain every water point, ensuring Make use of it optimally.
The Prime Minister said: At the same time, with this population increase and as a result of it, we are working to increase the agricultural area, and President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, President of the Republic, is keen to follow up on what is happening in this file first, especially with regard to seeking to increase the agricultural area by reclamation. Over two million acres.
Madbouly also indicated that the government is proceeding with the implementation of the national project for the rehabilitation and lining of canals with lengths of about 20 thousand kilometers of canals, at a cost of about 68 billion pounds. In an effort to save water and raise the efficiency of canals at the same time, access water to the ends of canals, rehabilitate tired canals, as well as improve environmental conditions.
The Prime Minister revealed that during the past four years alone, the amount of water produced from desalination has witnessed a remarkable increase of 10 times, in contrast to the unprecedented efforts being made in the field of benefiting from treated wastewater.
The Prime Minister said: There is a dream that we are working to achieve during this stage, which is to expand the application of the modern irrigation system in areas of agricultural land that reach about 4 million feddans, and the mechanism for implementing this project is currently being prepared. As all studies confirmed that this project contributes to increasing productivity, as well as providing fertilizers, and preserving the quality of agricultural lands.
The Prime Minister added that these important projects that are being implemented in this sector come in light of difficult challenges that face us in implementation, especially in light of an existing situation we are dealing with, and we are also working to encourage farmers to grow strategic crops, through what is called “contract farming.” “By encouraging them to grow wheat, soybeans, sunflowers, and others, in light of the country’s efforts to achieve food security, and this will be done through mechanisms that will be announced.
Madbouly emphasized that the government is working to develop and raise the efficiency of the irrigation and agricultural system in general, and to deal with problems for decades, directing the ministers to have permanent and prior coordination with the parliamentary committees regarding draft laws, before submitting them to the Council of Ministers.
Eng. Ashraf Rashad, leader of the parliamentary majority and Secretary-General of the Nation’s Future Party, indicated during the meeting that the importance of coordination in all laws that are being prepared was emphasized, with the aim of reaching a vision for the benefit of citizens, praising the importance of these meetings and the resulting exchange of visions. About the most important files.
During the meeting, Major General Hisham Al Hosary, Chairman of the Agriculture, Irrigation, Food Security and Livestock Committee reviewed a number of points regarding the fertilizer sector, as well as some losses incurred by a number of farmers due to low prices, indicating that the solution to this problem lies in contract farming, stressing the need to There will be a clear mechanism for pricing strategic crops, which will encourage farmers to grow them.
He also indicated the importance of increasing the role of agricultural cooperatives, as they are the locomotive of agriculture in many countries, indicating that there may be a problem in the existing law, and therefore there will be coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture to make the required amendments to the law.
He also reviewed a number of points related to the file of land legalization, indicating that there are a number of citizens who have paid their dues and have not been handed contracts, calling for facilitation of procedures, and he also indicated the importance of what the Ministry of Agriculture has begun to implement now in terms of setting a map of crops and fertilization for all governorates.
The Chairman of the Agriculture and Irrigation Committee emphasized the necessity of internal control over the crops traded in the markets, by taking samples from the major markets, and ensuring their validity and conformity with specifications in order to preserve the health of citizens.
He also referred to a problem facing the delivery of electricity in some lands belonging to the Egyptian Countryside Company, especially that the cost set by the Ministry of Electricity is very high, calling for work to speed up solving this problem.
He also expressed the problem of a number of governorates that do not have a desert back, in the availability of arable lands, demanding that according to circumstances the legalization of construction on part of agricultural lands be allowed, and he also warned against the unfair use of groundwater in some areas, and expressed readiness to participate in coordination With the ministry regarding the ministry’s plan to establish reservoirs and dams, as well as the ministry’s plan to preserve the Nile River from encroachments, and its plan to switch from flood irrigation to modern irrigation within a specific period of time.
Al Hosary pointed to the importance of studying the coverage of passing banks inside residential blocks, and emphasizing the existence of a clear mechanism and a maintenance plan to preserve what was invested in the project of lining canals, and he also called for attention to permanent awareness programs in the media for citizens of the importance of preserving water in light of the shift from abundance to scarcity.
Commenting on the ministers during the meeting, Al-Qusayr, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, answered the points raised regarding the fertilizer file, and the measures currently underway to solve the problems of this sector, as coordination is taking place with Parliament in this regard, as well as the concerned authorities. Ministerial Decree on contractual crops, which will be issued soon.
The Minister of Agriculture agreed with the opinion presented on the need to activate the role of agricultural cooperatives, especially in the field of marketing crops, pointing out that coordination will be made with Parliament regarding the required amendments in the law.
The minister reviewed the details of the numbers presented regarding the legalization of lands, as well as the position of each one in light of the controls that have been set in this file, especially that there are large numbers that do not meet the conditions and controls set for legalization, indicating that the cases of those who are serious are being examined.
The Minister of Agriculture confirmed that we have the best central laboratories in the Middle East to monitor pesticide residues, indicating that random samples are taken in order to be assured of the local market, which was done with the tomato crop, and this was announced in the media, pointing out that the control will be expanded. On farms and markets.
The minister explained that coordination will be made with the Egyptian Countryside Company regarding the problem of electricity delivery, indicating that the expansion of the construction of cemeteries needs approvals from a number of ministries and agencies, stressing that the position of the “confined” governorates that do not have any desert backing will be studied, in coordination with the governors.
The Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation also explained, summarizing the ministry’s strategy to achieve food insurance, indicating that coordination will be made to present it to the committee in the House of Representatives.
For his part, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty, reviewed the ministry’s efforts to face water scarcity, and the various challenges, whether in population increase, or encroachment on waterways, as well as the efforts made to confront the attempts of unjust use of underground wells.
The minister referred to the reservoirs that have been implemented regarding the torrents, noting that more than a thousand water storage facilities have been established to deal with the torrential rains, and since 2014, about two billion pounds have been spent on this sector every year, stressing: We continue to preserve every water point. .
The Minister of Irrigation also referred to the efforts exerted by the ministry in the file of eliminating infringements on waterways, and stressed that covering canals and drains cause many problems, due to the occurrence of dams in them often, indicating that with the existence of a system for collecting garbage, as well as connecting sewage, especially in projects Developing villages with a dignified life initiative, all of this will positively affect the non-dumping of waste in canals, and thus the protection of canals and drains.
The minister explained what efforts are being made in the awareness and information sector, whether by publishing videos in television programs, dialogues and press coverage, as well as social media, and personal interviews on work sites with farmers who have achieved successes in the modern irrigation sector, as well as media plans on rationalizing water consumption. And awareness of the importance of major projects such as lining canals, modern irrigation, and others.
The article The Prime Minister: The State Spends Hundreds of Billions to Preserve Every Point of Water and Ensure Its Proper Use It was written in the Al-Borsa newspaper.