Egypt to convert 3.7 million feddans to modern irrigation over three years: Minister

MENA , Ahram Online , Friday 5 Nov 2021

Egypt plans to convert 3.7 million feddans from immersion irrigation to modern systems within three years, Egypt’s Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Ati said on Friday

In a statement, Abdel-Ati noted the irrigation ministry aims to rationalise the use of water by rehabilitating the canals and using smart and modern irrigation systems.

A cooperation protocol had been signed among the ministries of irrigation, agriculture, and finance, the National Bank of Egypt, and the Agricultural Bank to implement a plan for achieving sustainable development for agricultural projects, the minister added.

Egypt is one of the countries most affected by climate change, Abdel-Ati said earlier this year.

Abdel-Ati has warned on more than one occasion against the negative effects of global warming on Egypt's water resources, people's access to water and the country's efforts to achieve sustainable development.

Egypt, a dry country that imports 54 percent of its virtual water, has developed a four-pronged National Water Resources Plan that will run through 2037.

The plan is based on rationalising water usage, improving water quality, providing additional water resources, and creating a climate suitable for optimal water management, the minister added.

Egypt has also drawn up a strategy for its water resources until 2050 at a cost of EGP 900 billion.

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