President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi urged on Saturday developing, exploiting and completing infrastructure of the “research village” in Toshka, in southern Egypt, so that it becomes a high-level training and research centre.
This centre will help in the formation of cadres that are qualified to deal with mechanised agriculture and modern irrigation methods and to select the best types of crops, a presidential statement cited El-Sisi as saying.
The Toshka area in the southern desert contains a number of agricultural developmental projects and is the biggest plantation in Egypt on an area of 60,000 feddans.
In his Saturday meeting with Agriculture Minister El-Sayed El-Quseir and a number of officials, El-Sisi followed up on the future expansion of desert reclamation, especially in Toshka and East Oweinat, the presidency’s statement said.
During the meeting, El-Sisi and the officials reviewed the joint efforts of the relevant authorities in terms of agricultural developmental projects in the southern valley area and the suggested future expansions.
These efforts aim to establish sustainable development projects around these areas and to reduce water loss from these areas, according to the statement.
During the meeting, the president also reviewed the integrated agriculture project in the Siwa Oasis, where he ordered the optimum use of natural resources in the area.
El-Sisi also reviewed the executive status of the Egyptian Company for Mining, Management and Exploitation of Quarries, highlighting how this company contributes to the good management of Egypt’s mineral wealth through its new structure.