CAIRO: A total of 290 cases of land encroachments have been removed from three governorates, according to a Thursday report by the Agricultural Ministry.
The central administration for land protection at the ministry revealed forming committees to refer violations on agricultural lands to investigations.
The total number of violations in the Sharqiah, Qalubiya and Minya are more than 11 feddans. Sharqia had the most cases (79), then Qalubiya came with 50 cases and Minya recorded the least number of cases with 5 only.
A report released Dec.14 by the Ministry said that only 18 percent of encroachments on more than 63,747 feddans (87,970 acres) of farmland have been removed since 2011.
Encroachments, which include bulldozing, construction, and silos, have amounted to 1.4 million cases; as such violations went rampant during the security vacuum following 2011’s upheaval.
However, and despite harsher jail and fine penalties, incidents of violating arable land continue at a smaller scope after security tightened in the country.
The Agriculture Ministry coordinates with the Housing Ministry, the Local Development Ministry and the police to detect and remove the encroachments.