Egyptian President inaugurates agricultural land reclamation projects

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi revealed that the water used in the New Delta project was agricultural wastewater, which was collected and treated in accordance with Ministry of Health standards.

The president inaugurated projects to rehabilitate agricultural land and wheat and palm farms in the Toshka region, south of the valley.

Sisi claimed that 100 million Egyptians need much more water than that, noting that the country benefits from available water and treats wastewater three times to meet needs.

Sisi warned that the water used for irrigation in northern and central Sinai is treated water from the Bahr al-Baqar plant, which was opened two months ago and produced 5, 6 million meters of water treated from agricultural wastewater.

“It should be noted that the water used here for land reclamation is agricultural wastewater that has been treated and is suitable for agriculture according to standards,” he said.

Sisi called for accelerating efforts to reclaim land planned under the Toshka project, saying the land could produce around 500,000 tonnes of wheat.

“We are doing the impossible,” Sisi said of the completion of the rehabilitation and cultivation projects in Sinai and Toshka in such a short time.

The project also includes the establishment of 18 water pumping stations, and the newly cultivated land could benefit up to 100,000 families, Sisi said.

The state has recovered 85,000 feddans out of 100,000 feddans under the first phase of the Toshka project in 2021. The second phase will begin in January 2022 to complete the project by recovering approximately 500,000 feddans.

El-Sisi said the engineering efforts in the Toshka project resemble the construction of the Aswan High Dam, which cost $ 500 million, accusing the state of lack of media attention to these achievements.

Egypt is in dispute with Ethiopia over the Ethiopian Renaissance Grand Dam (GERD) that Addis Ababa is building on the main tributary of the Nile.

Cairo fears the potential negative impact of GERD on the flow of its annual share of the Nile’s 55.5 billion cubic meters of water, mainly because it depends on it for more than 90 percent of its water supplies.

Experts warn of a water crisis due to the growing population and the problem of GERD.

The Egyptian government is committed to the implementation of a national plan to provide alternative water sources and rationalize its consumption, including projects to treat wastewater and switch to modern irrigation systems.

Amalia H. Mercado