Labourers transplant rice seedlings in a paddy field in Qalyub, in the El-Kalubia governorate, northeast of Cairo, Egypt June 1, 2016. Picture taken June 1, 2016. To match Interview EGYPT-WHEAT/ REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
CAIRO, April 29 (MENA) - Up to 10,071 feddans have been allocated for the cultivation of palm trees as part of a presidential initiative to plant 2.5 million palm trees in the New Valley governorate, Head of El Kharga municipality Magdy el Tamawy said.
In a press statement on Wednesday, Tamawy said that an agreement has been reached with 40 farms to start the implementation of the initiative, adding that farmers assigned to cultivate the palm trees received 10 percent of the funds allocated for this purpose.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued directives in January 2019 to establish the biggest farm for dates in the world, including 2.5 million palm trees.