Min. of Agriculture discuses WB participation to reclaim 1.8 million acres

CAIRO:  Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Adel al-Beltagy discussed with the World Bank (WB) delegation Thursday the participation of reclaiming 1.8 million acres in Sinai, Upper Egyptian governorates, and the western desert regions, Al-Mal Business daily reported Thursday.

The two sides agreed to form a joint committee “including number of experts” to assess the project dimensions, allowable solutions, and marketing opportunities presented by WB. The committee will start working on Aug. 24.

The 1.8 million acres are considered the first phase of the reclamation of four million acres by the government in the upcoming period.

Besides discussing the technical and financial support presentation, the committee expressed its willingness to present technical support in amending legislations, laws, and credit regulation for the sector.

On July10, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab requested a list of companies with the necessary equipment and expertise to drill water wells. He gave directions to the Ministers of Agriculture and Irrigation to cooperate with concerned authorities to make a map of agriculture development.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with his government on July 20 to discuss the progress to reclaim 1.8 million of the four million acres as the first phase.

The specified lands are supposed to create two million job opportunities in the fields of agriculture and manufacturing, which will improve the living standards of at least four million citizens, Beltagy said during the conference.

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