Mahlab inaugurates climate change information center
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab - YOUM7(Archive)

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab inaugurated Saturday an information center to provide data on climate change and renewable energy, accompanied by Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Ayman Farid Abu Hadid.

Mahlab also inaugurated two new buildings including the regional center for food and the central laboratory of pesticide residues, a ministry release said.

In the inauguration conference, Mahlab praised new constructions he said would promote the agricultural research sector as well as improve food security in Egypt, Youm7 reported.

The center includes three main divisions:  information on climate change, media observatory and  programing and data management.

The new regional center for food and feed has been established in a total area of 1,700 square meters inside the Agricultural Research Center (ARC), Abu Hadid said and added that it will include an information bank for all food security statistics and 12 plants holding  the ISO 17025 accreditation.

The central laboratory for pesticide residues cost nearly 40 million EGP ($5.68 million,) Abu Hadid said, adding that it has been equipped to the “highest level.”

Minister of Environment Laila Iskander has pushed for climate change awareness since the beginning of her tenure in the interim government. In March, she participated in a conference pushing for the use of renewable energy, including wind and solar energy.

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