Protecting agricultural lands in Egypt
Minister of Local Development Adel Labib - YOUM7/Emad Abdel Rahman
By DALIA FAROUK

CAIRO:  Ministry of Local Development announced Thursday that it will amend law of protecting agricultural lands.

The ministry suggested that punishment should be five years in prison with a fine no less than 200,000 EGP for each ruined acre.

“Protecting agricultural lands in all governorates is a national obligation that all citizens should cooperate on with the government and local authorities,” Minister of Local Development Adel Labib said in the press release.

Labib said the draft will ban any kind of violations on farmlands, including construction, destroying, and ruining the lands by any form to make it unsuitable for agriculture.

In each village and city, committees will be formed to siege the tools used in destruction of agricultural lands and to follow up on measures of removing any constructions built on farmlands.

The draft bans anyone who violates the agricultural lands from practicing political rights and membership in union boards and cooperative societies.

Central administration to protect lands said in an April report that the number of violations that target farmlands reached 763,685 cases on areas estimated at 32,346 acres, according to Al-Ahram.

The report added that officials managed to remove 78,867 cases on 4,551 acres, and according to the administration, Menoufia has the biggest proportion of violations in 99,728 cases.

The Ministry of Agriculture formed a committee to calculate the area of farmlands that witnessed violations of any kind to demolish them, in order to fix this issue that forms a threat to Egyptians food security.

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