Sat, 23 Jan 2021 - 05:33 GMT
CAIRO - 23 January 2021: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi inaugurated Fayrouz Fish Farm project east of Port Said on Saturday, a mega project that aims to increase the per capita share of fish and ultimately export to Arab and European countries. Here are 10 things you should know about the project:
1 – It is the largest project of its kind in the Middle East.
2 – It is a huge added value to the development of the Suez Canal and the Sinai Peninsula because it entails industrial and urban settlements there.
3 – It provides 10,000 direct and indirect job opportunities in different fields.
4 – It will eventually lead to self-sufficiency, reducing import and allowing export to Arab and European markets. This will bring about hard currency in the country.
5 – The National Company for Fisheries and Aquaculture, which is affiliated with the Armed Forces, implemented the project in cooperation with the Suez Canal Authority.
6 – New technologies in fish farming will be used for the first time in Egypt, such as cage culture, and the level of fish processing will be enhanced to increase the per capital share of fish.
7 – The giant project included in its inland lakes the Fayrouz Lake on an area of 9,762 feddans, which was formerly part of Port Fouad salt lakes.
8 – Fishponds in the project amount to 5,908 where every pond size is 1.75 feddans with a total area of 15,886 feddans.
9 – Shipyards have been deployed where the size of each dock is 120x80 meters and accommodates six fishing vessels of length up to 30 meters.
10 – The project is built on 26,000 feddans with 17.5 kilometers on the Mediterranean and 10 kilometers in depth east of Port Said.