CAIRO: Minster of Housing Mostafa Madbouly and representatives of a Chinese firm have signed an agreement Thursday to reclaim one million acres in Egypt’s spacious desert, Youm7 reported.
“The Chinese firm will be responsible of conducting the required feasibility studies, funding and supervising the project,” Madboly said in press statements.
The Chinese firm will submit the feasibility studies within three months, said Madbouly, adding that the final contracts will not be finalized before ensuring the studies will meet specifications stipulated by the Egyptian government.
In November, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi launched an initiative to reclaim four million acres in 11 governorates.
Egyptian agriculture is almost entirely dependent on irrigation. More than 90 percent of Egypt is desert. According to the 2007 statistics of Egypt State Information Service, the agricultural land totals about 8.4 acres which represented about 3.5% of the total area.