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Egypt's Sisi inaugurates 34,000-feddan greenhouse project in Sharqiya

Ahram Online , Saturday 22 Dec 2018
Sisi at Greenhouse
Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi speaking at the inauguration of the agricultural greenhouses in Sharkia governorate (Photo: Ahram Arabic)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated a major greenhouse project in 10th of Ramadan city on Saturday.

The state project in Sharqiya governorate consists of 7,100 agricultural greenhouses over 34,000 feddans of land.

Praising the coordination between different ministries to complete the project, El-Sisi said that it had started two years ago and that it was considered the second biggest agricultural greenhouse project in the world.

El-Sisi said that the biggest date farm in the world at present was also being established in Egypt, with 2,500,000 palm trees on 40,000 feddans producing the finest types of dates.

According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2017, Egypt is the number one producer of dates in the world   

The greenhouse project is being implemented by the National Company for Protective Cultivations and the National Service Projects Organization of the Egyptian military.

The project aims to fill the gap between agricultural organic production and consumption, as well to increase the agricultural production of land while saving water.

El-Sisi also inaugurated via video conference another agricultural greenhouse project on Saturday morning.

The greenhouse project in 10th of Ramadanalso aims to create new job opportunities.

According to the CEO of the National Company for Protective Cultivations, Major General Mohamed Abdel-Hai, the project provides not less than 75,000 job opportunities, while it rationalises the use of irrigation water by about 80 percent and increases production fourfold.

He stated that the company was currently setting up 7,100 greenhouses, adding that this phase is set to produce about 1.5 million tonnes of vegetables per year. 

The inauguration of the project was attended by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Defence Minister Mohamed Zaki and other senior officials.

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