Modernizing irrigation systems is part of a larger plan to save water.
Upper Egyptian governorates, from the North to the South, are Fayoum, Beni Suef, Menya, Asyut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, and Aswan.
The Minister said that the depth of a well ranges between 20 and 30 meters and it serves about 100 families (about 800 individuals) in one area.
Such development is expected to reflect positively on farmers in the first place, as part of the objectives of the National Water Resources Plan until 2037.
The benefited farmers shall pay the cost of switching to modern irrigation systems in interest-free installments over 10 years.
Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aati on Tuesday said that the European Union (EU) is one of the most important development partners of Egypt.
Ghanem added that the ministry targets accomplishing modern irrigation systems in four million feddans in three years at a budget of LE40 billion ($250 million).
The project spans over 2.2 million feddans (one feddan equals 4,500 square meters).
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli convened Wednesday with Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohamed Abdel Aty to discuss preparations.
The seedlings will be grown in greenhouses using smart irrigation systems.
Some researches will be presented at CWW4, slated for October 24-28 under the sponsorship of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
Egypt also participated in establishing river berths to connect the main cities with villages of South Sudan by the river navigation
Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohamed Abdel Aty discussed Sunday with his South Sudanese counterpart Manao Peter, who is paying Cairo a visit, matters of mutual interest and bilateral cooperation.
The official added that the water resources issue is influenced by the political stances of regional and international players.
That was in a message by Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Yasser Abbas to his Ethiopian counterpart Wednesday.
The initiative aims to eliminate surface irrigation.
The Minister invited the FAO to participate in the fourth Cairo Water Week, due on October 24-28.
It is worth hundreds of billions of pounds and targets thousands of kilometers.
The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) released Monday data on fresh water produced in Egypt in FY2019/2020.
Soft loans are being offered to farmers to switch from flood to modern irrigation as part of protocols with national banks, head of the Irrigation Development Sector said Wednesday.