Egypt to draft law on confiscation of illegal buildings on farmland

The Egyptian government has instructed the Ministry of Justice to draft a law confiscating illegal constructions and imposing fines on trespassers on farmland.

Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli has mandated Justice Minister Omar Marwan and said this will prevent construction encroaching on farmland. They will also confiscate illegal buildings in addition to imposing huge fines on offenders.

“This new bill would also include a sanction against the contractor who would be in charge of illegal constructions on arable land. Any new violations on arable land would be severely punished. In addition, all relevant state organs would remove all [existing] violations, Madbouli said.

Egyptian economy

“The government, via the relevant ministries, would form surveillance committees against offenders, in accordance with the orders of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. Violators would be deprived of all forms of subsidies on basic products, bread, fertilizers, etc. These actions aim to protect the rights of future generations. As a government, we would not allow another agricultural place to be lost,” he added.

Agriculture is a major component of Egypt’s economy, contributing 11.3% of the country’s gross domestic product. The agricultural sector accounts for 28% of all jobs and more than 55% of jobs in Upper Egypt are related to agriculture. The country’s agricultural sector is dominated by small farms using traditional practices that do not meet international standards.

Amalia H. Mercado