Rice production is highly dependent on water and increasingly subject to water risks.
Also, rice is one of the highest water-consuming crops, which is why the government is regulating its cultivation.
According to Egyptian agricultural experts and FAO representatives, the current water issues threatens Egypt’s agricultural system and the region’s stability as well as its human development and sustainable growth.
Improving agriculture’s water management is therefore essential to a sustainable and productive agro-food sector.
This year, land allocated for rice cultivation was slightly reduced to 1.074 mill feddans, down from 1.084 million feddans.
In a step intended to boost the rice harvest, the government decided to cultivate 200 feddans with dry rice which does not consume much water.
Additional land may also be cultivated with this kind of sustainable rice in line with the ministry strategy.
In this regard, the experts estimated that the country will cultivate between 500,000 and 750,000 feddans.