CAIRO: A total of 1,532 encroachments upon 75 feddans occurred in four days; only 364 of which have been removed, according to a Monday report by the Agriculture Ministry.
The infringements were detected between Jan. 7-10; 16 feddans of those violated are now free from encroachments.
Most of the encroachments removed were in Qalyubia, Sharqia then Gharbia; all in the Nile Delta.
Encroachments on farmland include bulldozing, construction, and silos, threatening the shrinking arable land in the country. The infringements have increased after the January upheaval in 2011.
The government is fighting an epidemic of encroachments upon arable lands; President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi launched in December the first phase of a national mega project to expand the country’s farmland by 1.5 million feddans.