Egypt long suffered from horizontal agricultural expansion: Sisi

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Mon, 05 Jul 2021 - 10:59 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi speaks before he checked on Wednesday vehicles and equipment used in development of villages included in the Haya Karima initiative - Screenshot

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi speaks before he checked on Wednesday vehicles and equipment used in development of villages included in the Haya Karima initiative - Screenshot

CAIRO – 30 June 2021: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said Egypt has long suffered from the horizontal agricultural expansion while it highly needs these agricultural areas.

His remarks came as he checked on Wednesday vehicles and equipment used in development of villages included in the Haya Karima initiative.

The president said 1-1.5M feddans of fertile land were lost due to constructions over agricultural lands.

To prevent such practices, it’s better to abandon living in 1-storey buildings and switch to 3-storey buildings so as three families would be living on the same space, Sisi said.

Sisi earlier launched an initiative to develop the countryside, including developing electricity infrastructure, schools and health facilities.

Sisi on Wednesday said LE 200 billion has been allocated for each stage of the national project to develop the Egyptian rural villages.

The president invited the civil society organizations to support the country's initiative to develop Egyptian countryside, saying it's part of the human rights to secure a decent life for village dwellers.

Sisi also spoke about the country’s efforts to treat children suffering from muscle atrophy.

He said the muscle atrophy treatment costs up to $3 million per child and Egypt is determined to secure it although many other countries cannot afford it.

Attending the event, Health Minister Hala Zayed said 204 muscle atrophy cases have been detected in Egypt, of which more than 32 can be treated.

Egypt will start treating the muscle atrophy cases starting next week, Zayed noted.

On the country’s steps to produce the coronavirus vaccine, Zayed said China’s Sinovac has approved the possibility that Egypt produces 80 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine per six months.

Zayed said Egypt has produced on Tuesday its first 300,000 Sinovac coronavirus doses: VACSERA Sinovac, Made in Egypt.

Starting August,10-15 million Egypt-made vaccine doses will be available per month to vaccinate 40 million citizens by the end of the year, Zayed said.

The minister also launched on Wednesday the national campaign to collect blood plasma for the purpose of manufacturing, saying it will start 15 July.

These derivatives are highly important and expensive, she noted.

By the end of the year, Egypt will have 20 centers for the blood plasma collection for manufacturing, the minister said.

In this regard, Sisi said the blood plasma derivates project is very important to the Egyptian state if implemented in the right way.

He added: I will never forget to pay tribute to God for the kindness, blessing and support he has given us and I am proud to say this.

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