CAIRO: Abdul Fattah-Metawe, a member of the consultant council of the Tagammu Party and former head of the Nile sector at the Ministry of Irrigation, said on Sunday the problem of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam began under the rule of President Anwar Sadat, Youm7 reported.
Metawe said he attributes the problem of the dam to former Egyptian irrigation ministers who used to overlook the rest of Africa in their policies, Youm7 reported.
There is number of solutions for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam crisis, namely preventing the ships of countries that support Ethiopia in building the dam from passing through the Suez Canal, Metawe said during a Tagammu Party symposium Sunday about Egypt’s water crisis.
Egypt will face major economic losses from the dam, which could reach up to 20 billion EGP annually, professor of agricultural resources at Cairo University Nader Nour al-Din told Al Bawaba News.
The country also faces negative impacts to its fish supply in the Nile along with a lack of water, he said, pointing out a lack of water would force Egypt to abandon its cultivation of sugar cane and rice, which are considered among the most important agricultural resources in the country .
Egypt will also need to establish about 15 stations for water desalination to provide water in response to a possible shortage in drinking water, he added, Youm7 reported.
The dam may cost Ethiopia $8.5 billion, but Egypt’s losses will be much more, he said.
Additional reporting by Mohammed Al Deep Mohammed Fahim Abdel Ghafar.