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Half of Egypt's farmers own less than 15% of agricultural land: report

According to a source from the ministry of agriculture, the decline in the farmer's share of land is the main reason for increasing poverty rates in the countryside

MENA, Sunday 3 May 2015
Egyptian farmer
A farmer pauses during work on his farm in Geziret Al-Warraq, an impoverished island that can only be reached by ferry, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, March 10, 2015 (Photo: AP)
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Half of Egypt's farmers, roughly 10 million, own less than 15 percent of the country's agricultural land --a million feddan--, according a report issued on Sunday by the ministry of agriculture.

Each farmer owns between one to four Kirats. The report notes that the figures are influenced by the migration of farmers to cities which followed the crumbling of agricultural possessions and a decline in the rate of production.

The report further states that 43 percent of Egyptians own a total of only 923,638 feddans, while the remaining population owns 5,637,000.

A ministerial source told MENA that the decline of the farmers' share is the main reason behind the growing poverty rates in the countryside and the infringement and building on agricultural lands.

She added that good practice of agriculture is thus challenging and costly when taking place on a small piece of land that already suffers from a lack of soil and water resources.

 

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Neo
04-05-2015 01:20am
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20 m Farmers + 20 m unemployed
Modern economies aspire to progress from basic farming to technology-based sectors and higher value add to compete in today’s markets. In Egypt we don’t have to worry about this yet, we have a more fundamental challenge. Yes we need to create a competitive export base, but this is phase 2. In Phase 1 we need to cut food imports, which cripple our GDP and currency; and find jobs for the millions of illiterate slice of our population. Our agriculture priorities should be (a) stop food import, hire/train as many farmers as possible to cultivate local food, even if it is not competitive. (b) Inject efficiency and productivity to compete for export. Half the Egyptian human capital will NEVER find work in IT, Energy, or business services, they can’t write Arabic, let alone English … where are they going to find work, if not for Agriculture and national food security? It seems like a no brainer to solve Food Import, jobs, and the GDP with one plan; why is the procrastination?
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Abdallah Masoud, Monofiyah
03-05-2015 10:30pm
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Moder Farmers
We need vocational school for farmer for better job, pay and productivity. Are listening?
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Hasan Sayad, Damanhour
03-05-2015 10:22pm
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Distribution of Wealth
By raising the income of skilled farmers working for large company will help to lift large segment of our society. Do you understand? Long Live Egypt and down with backward people.
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Ameer, Damanhour
03-05-2015 10:06pm
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Naser Agri Trial
In good faith, former president Naser gave 3-5 Fadden to farmers who do not have money or experience to market. It was disaster and farmers ran to urban and leaving family behind. It was the Great Breakup of social fabric. Did anyone of our useless Ph.D Social scientists addressed it./ No, because they are useless and don't understand anything. Tahya Misr
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Sam Enslow
03-05-2015 09:51pm
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Speciality Crops
Small farms are labor intensive and not suitable for massive, mechanical farming. However these small farms are very suitable for speciality crops (spices, pharmaceutical crops) and high demand organic produce. It would help if processing factories were built near these farms to end wastage and provide jobs by adding value to the crops produced.
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expat
04-05-2015 12:09am
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remember the 2010 curse from egypt?
untill today hundreds of trusting german vegetarians are suffering dialysis because of spoiled bockshornklee seed...
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Amoon, Mrnya
03-05-2015 08:18pm
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Trianined Farmers
To be registered farmer, you must be able to operate farm equipment, read/wrote, can do practice math, care about farm animals, planting crops, etc. I think our agies do not know all of these things. IDIOTS.
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Khofoo, Giza
03-05-2015 08:13pm
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Yes!
Farmers should be trained and registered as farmers. This will qualify them to work for big agri companies for better income and protection. Shame on our Ph.D., ignorant elites.
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Aladdin, Alex
03-05-2015 08:10pm
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Good AO Report
We need these kinds of reports to educate us about what is going on. On the other side, family farms are disappearing worldwide because the need for large capital investments, catastrophic crop insurance, and high cost of marketing transportation, storage, etc. Big companies can afford these risks better than individuals who own 5-10 acres. What we need is better pay and insurance offered to farmers. Tahya Misr.
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