Sisi opens 2nd phase of greenhouse national project
Saturday، 17 August 2019 - 12:01 PM
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Saturday 17/08/2019 opened a number of national projects including 1,300 greenhouses set up on an area of 10,000 feddans as part of the second phase of Mohamed Naguib sector for protected agriculture.
President Sisi also inaugurated a factory for packaging the products to be produced by the project in addition to a complex for seed production.
The opening ceremony was attended by Speaker of the Egyptian House of Representatives Ali Abdel Aal, Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki and Presidential Aide for National and Strategic Projects Sherif Ismail along with a number of ministers and senior state officials.
The ceremony started with recitation of some verses of the Holy Quran.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Director of the National Services Projects Organization (NSPO) Mostafa Amin said upon directives of president Sisi the organization seeks, in cooperation with state bodies, to contribute to implementing productive projects in various fields to support the development plans in Egypt.
Amin added that the NSPO along with the National Company for Protected Agriculture started working on the national project for setting up 10,000 greenhouses as well as their complementary productive activities on an area of 100,000 feddans in several areas; namely Al-Hammam area in Marsa Matrouh, 10th of Ramadan City, Abu Sultan and Al Amal village in Ismailia governorate, Al Lahun village in Fayoum governorate, El Fashn city in Beni Suef, and el Adwa in Minya.
Amin asserted the importance of expanding greenhouses for several kinds of crops as well as rationalizing the available fresh water resources in the country in order to fulfill the increasing demands.
Amin also underscored that the total fresh water resources currently available are estimated at 80 billion cubic meters. He pointed out that 79% of the total fresh water resources are used for agricultural purposes.
Amin said greenhouses help largely rationalize the consumption of irrigation water and the use of land plots.
In normal greenhouses, water consumption becomes 40 percent less than that in open fields on the same area, while the first reaches double productivity, he added.
The official noted that high-tech greenhouses rationalize about 80 percent of irrigation water, with productivity estimated at four times more than that of agricultural lands.
Amin said the NSPO and the National Company for Protected Agriculture are honored to present to Egypt the second phase of the greenhouse national project on an area of 10,000 feddans, adding that it includes 1,300 greenhouses.
The area of each house is estimated at 3-12 feddans, he said, noting that 65 percent of the total area has been cultivated.
The rest of the entire area is to be cultivated as per a planned land classification timeline, he said.
The NSPO director general pointed out that productivity in the site is estimated at around 184,000 tons of vegetables annually.
The project has provided more than 15,000 various job opportunities for the youth in Hammam area, west of Alexandria city, he said.
The NSPO director general said work is underway to establish 7,853 greenhouses on total areas of 87,500 feddans in the governorates of Ismailia, Fayoum, Beni Suef and Minya, representing the remaining phases of the greenhouse national project.
When the greenhouse project is completed in 2021, more than 1.5 million tons of vegetables will be produced then on an annual basis and more than 300,000 direct job opportunities will have been provided.
Meanwhile, the official lauded the fruitful cooperation offered by several state bodies to help carry out the project, topped by the ministries of agriculture, irrigation, electricity and energy.
The inception of the National Company for Protected Agriculture is meant to secure a healthy and safe food for Egyptians alongside contributing to narrowing the food gap in the country, said Chairman of the company Mohamed Abdel-Hai while addressing the opening ceremony of the greenhouses project.
Throughout the previous period, the company produced high-quality vegetables that created a competitive market which in turn contributed to controlling the prices of strategic crops, like tomato, the head of the company added.
In 10th of Ramadan City, 600 greenhouses have been installed on an area of 2,500 feddans, he said, adding that 1,600 feddans were also added to an area which became 4,100 feddans.
The whole area accommodates 900 greenhouses, the area of each is 2.5 feddans planted with various vegetables.
Two-hundred feddans of mango were added to the 10th of Ramadan project as well, the head of the company added.
As many as 529 greenhouses have been set up in Ismailia city's Al Amal village, Chairman of the National Company for Protected Agriculture Mohamed Abdel Hai said, noting that 1,640 feddans were added in east of New Ismailia City.
The new area is set to be planted with high-quality mango types using modern irrigation systems to maximize the benefit of the project.
Al Amal village sector targets a produce of 4,300 feddans of various vegetables in the agriculture season 2019-2020, the head of the company said, adding that the produce is envisaged to be sufficient for 40,000 citizens.
In Faiyum, 800 greenhouses were set up on an area of 13,000 feddans in Al Lahun village, he said, adding that the size of each greenhouse is six feddans.
The National Company for Protected Agriculture has also installed 1,200 greenhouses in Faiyum, the size of each is 2.5 feaddans, the chairman of the company added.
Director General of Spain’s Roviba company Jose Antonio said President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has fulfilled his pledges for the Egyptian people, asserting that Egypt under Sisi’s leadership has achieved a real industrial and technological revolution in less than three years.
In this regard, Antonio pointed out to President Sisi’s opinion about protected crops, noting that the world’s countries recognize the success of such projects.
He said these projects have a social impact at all levels, adding that food prices are decreasing in the local market and are available throughout the year.
At the end of the inauguration ceremony, the youth posed for a photo-op that included President Sisi, House Speaker Ali Abdel Aal, Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki and presidential aide for national and strategic projects Sherif Ismail.