The Egyptian Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Mahmoud Abu Zeid, has stated that the ministry will reclaim and farm 226,000 new fadans of land, according to Al-Ahram daily.
Abu Zeid added that these areas are designated for forests or sown with commercial crops such as cotton, and medical and fragrant herbs. The land will be irrigated through Cairo’s already operating sewer treatment stations.
Currently, 2.8 percent of Egypt’s total 995,000,000 square kilometer land area is arable. However, only 0.5 percent of this land mass is designated as permanent cropland. The agricultural sector presently contributes 17 percent of the country’s GDP. ― (MENA Report)
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