CAIRO: Head of General Authority for Agrarian Reform Zakaria Helal announced Tuesday there have been 118,000 cases of encroachment and unauthorized building on 5,109 acres of fertile lands.
Helal told Youm7 security departments removed 9,707 cases on 574 acres.
He stressed there are strict instructions from Minister of Agriculture Ayman Abu Hadid to limit encroachments on the lands and there is coordination with agriculture directorates, governors and security departments to remove all the violations.
He said increase of encroachments on the lands threatens the extinction of fertile land and affects the production of strategic crops.
Originally published in Youm7.