Sun, 16 Aug 2020 - 05:09 GMT
FILE – Olives – Reuters
CAIRO – 16 August 2020: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli met on Sunday with a number of ministers to follow up on the developmental projects that are underway in north and middle Sinai, including Bahr Al Baqar Wastewater Treatment Plant designed to produce 5.6 million cubic meters daily.
The meeting included a presentation of potential sites for agricultural projects in North Sinai, Middle Sinai, and Eastern Owainat in the Western Desert. The data covered the characteristics of the soil, topography, and ways to use the water produced by Bahr Al Baqar plant in Sinai.
The minister asserted the role of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy to secure the power needed for agricultural, residential, and developmental purposes. He added that the construction of certain residential projects can go fast given the architectural designs are ready.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi held a meeting on August 5 with ministers of agriculture and military production to discuss a number of projects pertinent to the agrarian sector and Sinai development.
The president directed the expansion in such projects for their positive impact on public health, food security, and the economic status of citizens and the state. The president also instructed the allocation of LE1 billion to the National Veal Project aimed at increasing the number of cows, which currently stands at 6.1 million.
The meeting included a presentation on a mechanism adopted to rationalize irrigation water by extracting minerals from the water before irrigating lands. In addition to different methods used to rationalize water used in irrigation, the president instructed the localization of desalination technologies and carrying out studies in the field to achieve the best results.
The ministry is executing a national project for establishing dairy cow assembly centers across the country with the aim of improving production size and quality. The president instructed accelerating the pace of the project, and relying on expertise specialized in the field.
The minister of agriculture and land reclamation presented the studies conducted on introducing high meat and milk producing cattle breeds in order to reduce imports and empower small farms. Another project is underway to decrease imports. That is a program to locally produce vegetable seeds.
The president was also updated on the execution of the national project for developing north and middle Sinai, particularly on the planned pathways of irrigation water in the areas housing lands to be reclaimed, the use of available treated wastewater, and the treated wastewater expected to be secured through Sinai's Bahr al-Baqar plant.