Egypt’s Sisi allocates state-owned land for reclamation, cultivation

SourceEgypt Today

CAIRO – 10 June 2021: In a way to increase Egypt’s arable land, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Thursday decreed to allocate two areas of state-owned areas in governorates of Minya and Beni Suef for the Armed Forces for reclamation and cultivation. The decision, which was published on Thursday’s official gazette al-Waqā’i‘ al-Miṣriyyah, will come into force on Friday. In April last year, President Sisi directed the government to expand the reclamation of arable lands nationwide to grow strategic crops, said Egyptian presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi in a statement.

“Over the past 8 years, Egypt has lost 8,014 feddans of arable lands due to 1.9 million cases of encroachment and violations,” said the Central Department for Land Protection at the Ministry of Agriculture in a report issued in August 2019. The encroachments include illegal construction on the Nile’s banks and Delta, unlicensed fish farming, as well as industrial waste and other forms of pollution. Since January 2015, more...