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Egypt's Sisi celebrates start of harvest in first phase of 1.5 mln feddan project

The Egyptian president attends start of harvest in 1st phase of 1.5mln feddan agricultural project in El-Wadi El-Gadid governorate in the country's western desert

Ahram Online , Thursday 5 May 2016
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi celebrates the harvest in the first phase of 1.5 million feddan reclamation project in Al-Wadi Al-Gadid governorate, Egypt (Photo: Egyptian Presidency)
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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi celebrated on Thursday the harvest of 10,000 wheat feddans in the south-western El-Wadi El-Gadid (New Valley) governorate as part of a national project to expand the country’s farmland by reclaiming 1.5 million feddans nationwide, which was inaugurated in late December.

During a televised event attended by Minister of Defence Sedki Sobhi, El-Sisi discussed the significance of a number of ongoing major national projects aimed at improving the country’s infrastructure and serving low-income earners.

“We want Egypt as a real state, a state of institutions, a state of law, but at the moment [we only have] the semblance of a state,” El-Sisi said.

El-Wadi El-Gadid governorate stretches over most of Egypt's Western Desert.

Among the projects initiated by El-Sisi was an effort to double Egypt’s current production of electricity, to increase the freshwater supply by an additional 7 billion cubic metres through desalination stations, and an affordable housing project with new 50,000 housing units for slum residents.

Two large fish farms in Kafr El-Sheikh and Port Said are planned to be opened in August and October respectively, El-Sisi said, adding that the total cost of all the new national projects is estimated at around EGP 1.04 trillion.

During his remarks at the event, the president denounced talk of the Suez Canal’s declining revenues, saying “they are increasing”.

The latest official data from the Suez Canal Authority shows that revenues fell for two consecutive months by $401.4 million in February from $411.8 million in January and $429 million in December last year.

Meanwhile, Egypt's agriculture ministry said on Tuesday it had purchased around 732,000 tonnes of local wheat from farmers since the start of the season in mid-April.

Egypt, the world's largest wheat importer, is planning to buy 4 million tonnes of wheat from Egyptian farmers. 

*1 Feddan roughly equals one acre

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ayman
06-05-2016 09:40am
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Invest in minds
Out of that trillion how much was spent on education in any form? It's actually sad that the president sees fit to talk for hours about spending 100s of billions on farms and electricity but not spend even a few minutes talking about education. That gives an idea of his priorities and I'm not optimistic about the future.
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Sam Enslow
05-05-2016 03:59pm
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What happened to the people?
Egypt's institutions need reforming to enable the people to grow Egypt. The very institutions Sisi praises are the cause of many of the problems he faces. Endless, meaningless red tape, petty corruption (stealing from people who are already under hardship), and leaders who proclaim they are the 'Masters of Egypt' but decline to take any responsibility for their actions or lack thereof. Strong institutions are not ones that can beat anyone who questions their actions. Strong institutions efficiently provides the goods and services they were established to produce. What is wrong with the idea that the Egyptian people have a right to try to be happy, provide for their families, and enjoy rewarding employment? Why not welcome a press that presents facts rather than public relations editorials as news? Only a real 'Team Egypt' looking to the future can grow Egypt. Democracy works. There are evil people in the West too. Democracy weakens them.
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Ostasia
06-05-2016 03:16am
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God bless El-Sisi
God bless Misr! There's people that don't want to see us succeed but truth will prevail. Ta7ya Misr!
Aly Sadek -Toronto-Canada
05-05-2016 09:35pm
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Egypt..
..YES SIR....VERY WELL SAID SAM....YOU'RE THE MAN..
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