The Egyptian agricultural sector has experienced “unprecedented progress” since 2014: Minister – Society – Egypt

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Agriculture Minister El-Sayed El-Quseir (Photo courtesy of CBC Extra Livestream)

In a speech delivered during an inspection by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi at the Kima ammonia and urea complex in Aswan, El-Quseir said advancing the sector was in line with state goals. for Vision 2030 and its sustainable development goals to improve food security.

Progress involves improving nutrition, reducing poverty, especially in rural areas, improving export competitiveness and adapting to climate change, he said.

El-Quseir added that this also involved creating employment opportunities for young people and women, improving incomes and living standards and promoting sustainable agriculture.

El-Qusier also highlighted a future vision for fertilizers in the agricultural sector, which have not been modernized since 1980, stressing the strategic importance of meeting the needs of the agricultural sector with various fertilizers and promoting a clean and organic farming.

The strategy also includes maximizing the use of natural resources, granting export quotas and increasing foreign exchange through nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers, he said.

El-Qusier said several decisions have been taken to ensure continued support for small farmers in light of the current vagaries of the fertilizer market.

The decisions include requiring companies to supply about 55% of production under the distribution system overseen by the ministry and increasing the price of supplying nitrogen fertilizers to 4,500 per tonne, he said. -he declares.

Regarding the ministry’s efforts in other sectors, the minister said the state is focusing on sugarcane in Upper Egypt, which has the highest production, adding that the state has added 15 million plants. and will bring them to 50 million for additional agricultural production.

He said the ministry had recently established locust control centers in farmlands and 25 new milk collection centers as part of efforts to support and develop animal husbandry.

The ministry also paid compensation estimated at EGP 33 million in Upper Egypt for livestock mortality, he said, adding that it has also zoned eight areas in Upper Egypt to invest in poultry.

Regarding fish stocks, he said, the ministry has taken several steps to increase fish production through the release of 225 million tilapia into the Nile.

About EGP 2.2 billion in debt has been canceled for farmers, the minister said, with some 148,000 farmers benefiting from the initiative.

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