Only half of region’s arable land cultivated
Egyptian deputy prime minister and minister of agriculture and land reclamation, Youssef Walli, estimated the total arable land currently available in the Arab world to be 198 million hectares, reported Cairo’s Al-Ahram daily.
However, only 50 million of this total is in fact actively cultivated presently. Figures also show that just ten percent of the total farmed land is irrigated. Walli added that the region’s arable land could potentially be expanded by an additional 35 million hectares, if only the necessary irrigation infrastructure were laid.
In addition, the minister estimated that the total forestland area throughout the Arab world comes to 35 million hectares. In addition, there are 255 million hectares of grassland used for cattle grazing. ― (MENA Report)
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