CAIRO: Minister of Agriculture Ayman Abu Hadid said on Tuesday that the government is studying a plan to face violations targeting agricultural lands by convincing owners not to build on farmlands.
His statements came during a campaign to eliminate the infringements, and a tour to check on land reclamation projects
Further, an official source in the ministry told Youm7 that the government is planning to grant farmers 200 meters of land for residence in the urban space, in addition to filing lawsuits against violators who build on agricultural lands.
Moreover, Abu Hadid said that 45,000 acres have been subject to illegal construction since the 2011 revolution, but he added that the country will confront this issue legally, and will seek justice against the violators.
The minister also said that the Prime Minister gave the government clear instructions to discontinue violations that minimize the space of agricultural lands to protect future generations and provide food security to Egypt.
Originally published in Youm7.