President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated on Saturday ‘Egypt’s Future Project’ for agricultural production along Cairo’s Dabaa Axis Highway in the country’s north-west, which is part of the New Delta development project aiming to maximise the local agricultural production.
The new mega project aims to reclaim over one million feddans along Cairo’s Dabaa Axis Highway in the country’s north-west, with the aim of bridging the gap between production, import, and achieving food security and self-sufficiency of strategic commodities, especially amid the recent global crises.
The four-stage project will contribute to providing several agricultural crops needed in the country, including wheat, Project Director Bahaa El-Ghanam said during the inauguration ceremony.
Giving a presentation about the project, El-Ghanam said the project will cover 1,050,000 feddans by its last phase, representing nearly 50 percent of the New Delta Project, which he expects will realise “an unprecedented” leap, not only in agriculture and industry, but also in several other fields nationwide.
The first phase of the four-stage project has been fully implemented over an area of 34,000 feddans, El-Ghanam said, adding that the second phase will be completed in October over an area of 300,000 feddans.
The third and fourth phase will be complete by July 2023 and July 2024, respectively, covering an area of 700,000 feddans, according to the director.
However, the president called during the event for expediting the implementation of the project and finalising the remaining phases by 2023 in tandem with the other agricultural projects the state launched in Toshka, Beni Suef, and Minya, especially amid the current global circumstances.
El-Ghanam then asserted that El-Sisi’s new directives to accelerate the execution process will be put into consideration.
The project boasts modern agricultural and irrigation systems and optimum management of energy and water resources, guaranteeing the high-quality agricultural production.
As was done with the first phase, the country still has to establish the necessary infrastructure before cultivating the targeted area of land in the coming phases, the director said.
The project, which is located along the El-Dabaa Axis — one of the recently overhauled roads in the country’s national road network — is situated near export ports, airports, industrial areas, and a number of main roads and axes.
Given the project’s proximity to the Rod El-Farag and El-Dabaa highways, the transfer and access of agricultural products from its lands to all areas countrywide will be easier and thus will be “a huge addition” to the Egyptian economy, El-Ghannam added.