CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a presidential decree that ordered the allocation of 205.14 acres of land for agricultural reclamation projects, MENA reported Thursday.
The land, previously allocated for urban activities, is now exclusively allocated for agricultural reclamation. The presidential decree came as a response to a report by the National Center for State Land Planning and was issued after approval of the cabinet, said official spokesperson of presidency Ehab Badawy according to MENA.
The allocated land is in New Asyut city and is considered to be part of the east Asyut Agricultural Development plan, a plan that is set to be finished in 2017. Irrigation water for the project is available from the Nile River, Badawy added.
“The state started agricultural development for each governorate and started with Asyut” Badawy said. He also added that this is part of the state’s plan to develop marginalized areas and to create job opportunities for youth.
However, people alter the nature of agricultural lands by building on them; this lead to the issuing of a law that punishes those who build on agricultural land. Minister of Agriculture Ayan abo Hadid said “the law will be enforced firmly on those who disobey it in order to preserve cultivated areas and crops” according to al-Masry al-Youm on April 27.
The minister added that the ministry is to start wide campaigns to remove buildings and reclaim land and have it cultivated again, al-Masry al-Youm added.
Abo Hadid said that the number of encroachments on agricultural land ruined after the 25th of January revolution is estimated to be at least one million and 38 thousand cases, al-Bawaba news reported February 17.