CAIRO - 29 December 2022: The Red Sea Governorate, in coordination with the Upper Egypt Development Authority, is racing against time to complete the preparation of the second phase of the cultivation of the jojoba plant northwest of Hurghada.
The phase includes cultivating an area of 2000 acres of the jojoba plant, which is called the "Green Gold," where the preparation of cultivation and internal roads for the second phase is underway, which includes 1,000 acres.
The cultivation of the jojoba plant depends on wastewater after desalination as irrigation resource, where it is processed to be suitable for cultivation. The wastewater treatment plant in Hurghada extracts large amounts of water, part of which is used in the cultivation of the jojoba plant in the desert of Hurghada.
For his part, Major General Ahmed Abdel Aziz, Assistant Secretary General of the Red Sea, said that the work of the second phase of the Jojoba cultivation project on an area of 2,000 acres using treated wastewater in the Red Sea Governorate is among the giant national projects that are being implemented in accordance with the directives of the political leadership.
He added that the project aims to support the comprehensive development plan in the governorates of Upper Egypt.
Major General Amr Hanafi, Governor of the Red Sea, also confirmed, in previous statements, that the governorate seeks to localize projects of a sustainable nature that are established by exploiting the available resources and wasted energies, so that we achieve profitability in addition to providing job opportunities for the people of the Red Sea.
He added that this project is considered one of the pioneering future projects due to the maximum benefit of this plant known as green gold, which is used in many pharmaceutical and aromatic industries, in addition to the use of jojoba oils as a biofuel for aircraft.
The cultivation of jojoba is one of the large economic projects that generate a large income for the state, contribute to providing a decent life and sustainable development, and work to provide and create multiple job opportunities to employ high percentages of the current population.
The environmental benefits of jojoba trees are that they resist the intensity of winds and the encroachment of sand dunes, are tolerant of various stresses, and are a new and renewable source of clean energy.
The Upper Egypt Development Authority signed a cooperation protocol with the Red Sea Governorate in October 2012 with the aim of benefiting from the establishment of agricultural projects by investing in the cultivation of oil plants, including, for example, jojoba, jatropha and others, which are used in various different fields, creating new job opportunities and increasing investment opportunities.
Also, 25,000 cubic meters per day of treated wastewater will be used, and it increases and decreases according to the needs of the project.
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