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CAIRO, Sept 14, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt, in coordination with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), will host activities of the 8th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) in August in 2019, Egyptian Agriculture Minister Ezzeldin Abu Stait said.

His announcement came during the signing ceremony of a cooperation protocol on the measures to be taken to organize AASW. The protocol was inked by Abu Stait and Chairman of FARA Board of Directors Ephraim Amiani Mukisira.

Abu Stait asserted that the African continent is promising for investments and has great investment potentials that can be used in achieving sustainable agricultural development for the benefit of the African nations and accomplishing food security.

The AASW is to be held to discuss Africa's benefiting from innovations to overcome agricultural risks, Abu Stait said.

The event is very important for Egypt as it will help it explore and discover its own potentials and boost cooperation with fellow African states, he also said.

It also offers a good opportunity for exchanging expertise in the field of agriculture and determining the main steps that could be taken by the African countries together to achieve their common goals, he added.

Meanwhile, Head of the Agricultural Research Center Mahmoud Madani asserted the importance of FARA for achieving sustainable agricultural development.

Some 1,500 participants from Africa will attend the event that is held every three years and gathers together all stakeholders in African agriculture science, technology and innovation to take stock of their collective achievements over the past three years and craft a common agenda along with modalities for achieving their collective targets over the next three years.

 

CAIRO, Aug 30, 2018 (MENA) - Planning Minister Hala el Saaed said that LE217 billion investments would be channeled into the agricultural sector under the 2018/19-2021/22 sustainable development plan.

In a statement on Thursday, the minister said that the agricultural sector is vital for achieving economic growth and food security, securing raw industrial materials, activating transport, storage and trade sectors and realising comprehensive rural development.

She added that about 70 per cent of the rural population in Egypt depends on the agricultural sector in earning their living, noting that the sector's exports represent 15 per cent of the state's total exports.

She added that the state would focus on environment-friendly cultivation and the growing of organic plants in addition to the safe use of pesticides to improve agricultural products.

By Nayrouz Talaat

CAIRO, August 7, 2018 -- The Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Food Security Committee of the African Union (AU) began its meeting on Tuesday in Cairo at the headquarters of the House of Representatives.

Egypt's Ministry of Agriculture reviewed its vision for co-operation with the other African countries in agriculture, food security, fishing farming and water management.

The Pan African Parliament’s Vice President for North Africa, Moustafa el-Gendy welcomed the African guests and thanked President Abdel Fattah El Sisi for setting Africa as a top priority.

Mandela’s grandson, who attended the meetings, thanked the Egyptian government for its great hospitality and confirmed the importance of Egypt and the rest of Africa, exchanging their ideas about agriculture and food security.

He added that the African countryside and the urban areas had equal political rights and giving priority to the rural areas would put the African countries on track for development.

Mai Mahmoud, the secretary of the African Affairs Committee in Parliament, said that Egypt was giving top priority to agriculture, the environment, and food security in Africa, which is the world’s food basket.

At the start of the meetings, the timetable for the committee’s activities was approved and then a workshop on climate change was held. The workshop discussed preparations for climate change, reducing gas emissions and ways of adapting to the effects of climate change.

The undersecretary of the African Affairs Committee in Parliament, Maged Abu el-Kheir, said that Egypt was seeking strong co-operation with the other African countries.

Abu el-Kheir added that establishing an African Affairs committee was a new article in the current Egyptian constitution. He said he hoped all the African parliaments would join the Egyptian initiative to help build strong connections between African countries.

Ambassador Ashraf Mawafy, from the Foreign Ministry, said that this was the first meeting to be held outside the headquarters of the AU committee in Cairo, following the instructions given by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi during the African Union Summit.

 

 

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SOUTH SINAI, Aug 6 , 2018 (MENA) - Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Ezzeddin Abu Setit inspected on Monday the development works at Al-Tur fishing port, South Sinai governorate. 

The fish stocks in the governorate were not given the required attention over the past period, Abu Setit said in statements during his inspection tour.

He added that ice and packaging factories that are being established will help increase the port's production. 

South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda, for his part, said the fishing port direct and indirect job opportunities for more than 800 fishermen. 

Fouda added that the fish stocks here will increase after the completion of the port expansion works. 

CAIRO, July 8, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Ezz El Din Abu Steit stressed on sunday the state's keenness on boosting agriculture sector and protecting the interests of farmers.

During a speech before Parliament's agriculture and irrigation committee, Abu Steit said agriculture is the main supporter of the Egyptian economy throughout history, adding that the government aims to boost agriculture by reclaiming 1.5 million feddans as part of the land development project.

He explained that the government program prioritized the comprehensive development of the project by focusing on farming and land reclamation, as well as benefiting from the whole area of the one million and a half acres of land.

In addition, he underlined that the ministry will seek to identify the available water resources and provide guidance care through the preparation, processing and implementation of pilot sites in the beneficiaries' lands that will be distributed during the various stages of the project.

CAIRO, July 4,2018 (MENA) - Agriculture Minister Ezzel Din Abu Steet reviewed on Wednesday with head of the World Bank's Sustainable Development Programme  Ashish Khanna boosting cooperation in the agricultural sector.

Abu Steet welcomed stepping up cooperation between the ministry and the WB to find appropriate ways to develop the agricultural sector and the Egyptian countryside.

Improving small farmers' living conditions and increasing their income are top priorities for the ministry, he said.

Donors, like the WB, can help the ministry as regards creating more jobs for youths, developing agricultural exports and applying the latest technology in the agricultural sector, he said.

Khanna said the WB is ready to offer necessary support to the ministry, adding that the bank mulls going into a partnership with Egypt's private and government sectors operating in the agricultural domain to upgrade this important sector. 

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