The Minister of Agriculture during his participation in the annual conference on sustainable development in its third edition in Luxor

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Agriculture: stressing projects to develop and modernize the irrigation system in the ancient lands of the valley and the delta, and initiatives to increase agricultural production of strategic crops

Mr. Al-Qaseer, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, participated in the activities of the annual conference on sustainable development in its third edition, which is organized by the Orman Foundation in Luxor Governorate, in cooperation and coordination with the Federation of Egyptian Industries, under the auspices of His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, during the period from January 12 to January 15 This is in progress, and in the presence of the Ministers of Finance, Social Solidarity, and Immigration, and a number of leaders of the largest NGOs and civil society.

The Minister of Agriculture stressed, during his speech at the ministerial session within the activities of the first day of the conference, that sustainability Achieved with the cooperation of the individual, the state, the private sector, and civil society.” Sustainable development can only be achieved through the cooperation and integration of all these sides together.

Al-Qusayr appreciated the importance of holding such events given what It deals with the issue of sustainable development, and at the heart of it is the file of security food crisis to the effects of crises and challenges facing the whole world without exception, starting with the Corona crisis and going through the Russian-Ukrainian crisis in addition to the challenges of climate change, pointing out that all of them are challenges and crises that greatly affected the economies of countries by restricting the movement of international trade and affecting supply and supply chains and decreasing Productivity in the agricultural sector, the high prices of commodities and products, their shortage in some countries, and the rise in shipping and insurance rates. enough for their peoples, pointing out that what deepens the effects of these crises is the local challenges, the most important of which is the limited land available for agriculture and the decrease in the per capita share of it, which has now reached 2 carats per person per acre per person in previous periods of time as a result of the decline of the old agricultural area affected by encroachments on agricultural lands And the expansion of urban landholdings and public benefit projects. He pointed out that spatial fragmentation is a major obstacle to the implementation of many agricultural policies, and the steady population increase deepens the severity of the effects of all these challenges, which necessitates We all have to think about measures and procedures to confront this, and it is a common responsibility for all of us. This is to achieve a safe degree of self-sufficiency, especially from strategic crops. The availability of commodities and making them available to all segments of the people by adopting the concept of relative self-sufficiency, which is the approach followed by most countries, which means the ability of the state to provide commodities and foodstuffs in whole or in part while ensuring the minimum of those needs on a regular basis, given that the concept of absolute self-sufficiency loses countries benefit One of the comparative and competitive advantages and reduces the movement of international trade

Al-Qusayr indicated that the agricultural sector and its related activities is one of the most important basic pillars in the economies of countries in supporting the file of food security and its various axes, given that it is the sector Responsible for providing the basic needs of the people and providing the raw materials needed for many industries, in addition to its tangible contribution to the domestic product. It is also a networking sector and an important mechanism for the settlement of inclusive, balanced and sustainable development. The father of employment opportunities.

The Minister of Agriculture affirmed that the agricultural sector in Egypt witnessed its renaissance and unprecedented support from the political leadership during the past eight years, as the Egyptian state, within the framework of the sustainable agricultural development strategy, set a number of goals. It aimed at preserving and improving the available agricultural economic resources and raising their efficiency, and carrying out a set of proactive measures, such as establishing giant water treatment plants, adding more reclaimed lands to agricultural areas, implementing vertical expansion projects, increasing grain storage capacities, and other measures that enabled the Egyptian state to provide safe food security and healthy and sustainable health for the great people of Egypt at a time when many countries were unable to achieve this goal for their people. It has significant developmental returns at the individual, community and national levels. These are projects to develop and modernize the irrigation system in the old lands of the valley and the delta, and initiatives to increase agricultural production of strategic crops such as wheat and other projects. Improving livestock breeds and the project for the advancement of the sugar cane crop through the establishment of stations for the production of cane seedlings. Its lands are sugar cane, where the developmental civil work institutions can have a major role in implementing these projects and initiatives in partnership with the private sector and with the support of the concerned state institutions.