Egypt says it is preparing a series of agricultural projects to help curb food imports. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi said water usage is a major issue in the increasing production. The government has found solutions to the problem. None of the water for this project is coming from the Nile River, he said.
CAIRO May 26: As worries mount about food shortages due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, Egypt says it is preparing a series of agricultural projects to help curb food imports and provide increasingly for the domestic market in a sustainable fashion. The projects, which are part of the Egyptian government’s efforts to improve agricultural output by 2030, have been in development for several years.
Egyptian leaders recently announced the country is in the process of developing a series of agricultural projects that will increase domestic output and decrease reliance on imports of foreign agricultural products.
At the inauguration one of the new projects, President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi said water usage is a major issue in increasing production, but he said the government has found solutions to the problem.
El-Sissi said Egypt is getting the water from several main sources: some water is coming from wells, while some is coming from agricultural treatment plants that will purify the water according to WHO standards. None of the water for this project is coming from the Nile River, he added.
The project director, Bahaa el Ghannam, said that it will be carried out in four phases, noting that a special focus is being put on wheat production, given projected international wheat shortages due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.