Cultivation of two million acres in Delta is equivalent to size of 3 large governorates, Sisi



Mon, 13 May 2024 - 01:09 GMT


Mon, 13 May 2024 - 01:09 GMT

CAIRO – 13 May 2024: Egypt’s President Abel Fattah al Sisi said on Monday that the government had to be responsible for the “Future of Egypt” Project for Sustainable Agriculture due to the huge cost of the cost of infrastructure needed for this project.

During the inauguration of the first phase of the harvest season of the “Future of Egypt” Project for Sustainable Agriculture, Sisi said that the private sector is important because of its good management and efficiency in all their work

“However, we had many challenges and we needed to handle this project as a state,” Sisi said

He added: “Everyone says that water is available in Egypt and therefore we can use it, but the truth is water in Egypt is not available that easily. We need to benefit from every drop of water and develop agricultural, irrigation, and seed systems to preserve the water,”


Sisi stressed that water is a ‘real challenge for us.’ Noting that, “Egypt’s population is nearly 106 million, in addition to other 9 million guests, along with other 10 million dollars as a financial burden.”

Addressing the private sector, Sisi said that when the Dabaa and Wadi Natrun roads were built, people wondered about their worth. “We built those roads because of the large work being done here. There had to be a road network to serve it”

President Sisi noted that “the cultivation of two million acres in the Delta is a number equivalent to the size of three large governorates, and therefore it had to be carried out by the state because it needed very large and central planning from several sectors to serve agriculture.”

“This is a huge project and we have the right to be proud of it.” Sisi said.

During his speech, Sisi said that the water Egypt receives does not increase, “so we cannot bear wasting it through any irrigation methods. This water only increases with desalination plants, which costs a lot of money, and we are working on it.”

He added: “We do not avoid the private sector in agriculture, on the contrary, however; they must use Center-pivot irrigation if they want to join us because we are in dire need of water.”

“I’m asking the investors: Are you ready to enter those projects, while being careful about water?”

Commenting of the new agriculture project, Sisi said that building huge projects at different governorates is beneficial to a lot of manpower.

“Part of the country’s profit is employing labor in projects while ensuring that the legislator works without achieving any loss. My role as a country is to provide job opportunities for people”, Sisi said.

He noted: “I can argue this with anyone, the private sector couldn't engage in a project of this size at a lower cost. We spent a lot of money on infrastructure, starting with building an extensive road network to serve these projects, and by 2025 all of Egypt’s future projects will be in service.”

Sisi said that Egypt had a dollar challenge, and we still do. Therefore, “I tell everyone, that to overcome this challenge, the local product must be huge to cover the country’s needs in all sectors.” Sisi said.

Speaking about developing Al-Hussein and Sayyida Zeinab mosques, Sisi said when the country decides to work to improve the efficiency of a mosque, it must be developed properly.

“We always try to do the maximum work possible in the shortest available time.”

“I tell you all to be reassured and optimistic about the projects that we are working on. We never discuss anything before doing it, but rather during the opening for you to see what we’ve done and the reason behind it

Everything we did had to be done for this country to be established correctly. And the effect of all the projects we built is showing positively day after another.” Sisi stressed.

The “Future of Egypt” is considered the first venture, under the broader New Delta Project, to achieve self-sufficiency and export agricultural surplus.

The project is also meant to reduce the bill of imports through securing hard currency and achieving the sustainable development goals.



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