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Egypt's PM Discusses Proposal for Digital System for Agricultural Lands Across Egypt


Tue 28 May 2024 | 11:48 PM
Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly
Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly
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Egypt's Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly reviewed a proposal to create a comprehensive digital system for all agricultural lands across the country.

 The meeting was attended by Mr. Al-Sayed Al-Qusair, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation; Dr. Hani Sewilam, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation; Colonel Dr. Bahaa El-Ghannam, Executive Director of the Future of Egypt Sustainable Development Authority; Eng. Walid Hegazy, Head of Planning Sector at the Ministry of Irrigation; Dr. Mahmoud Fakhr, and others.

The Prime Minister began the meeting by emphasizing the importance of continuously monitoring the implementation of various national projects currently underway in the agricultural sector and ensuring the progress of these initiatives. He highlighted that the Future of Egypt Sustainable Development Authority's projects are among the top priorities.

Dr. Madbouly stressed the significance of establishing a digital system for all agricultural lands across the nation. He pointed out that such a digital system would be crucial in tracking the production of farms and various companies, enabling the application of the highest quality standards for agricultural products.

The Prime Minister mentioned the efforts of the Future of Egypt Sustainable Development Authority in proposing the establishment of a company dedicated to digital transformation in agriculture. This initiative aims to unify efforts in this field, as the proposed system could be utilized by all relevant institutions and entities nationwide.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister noted the importance of the proposed digital system working in collaboration with any other frameworks implemented by different state entities.

Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Al-Sayed Al-Qusair explained that the ministry has a complete inventory of agricultural holdings through the Farmer's Card system, which includes the registration of 5.6 million holdings, covering most of the old agricultural lands.

 Al-Qusair highlighted that the system implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture provides all the necessary data regarding agricultural lands and automates several services offered to farmers. He also mentioned the existence of international systems that catalog soil characteristics, which the Ministry of Agriculture has adopted through the "Soil Map." This tool helps in identifying the properties of each soil type, determining the optimal fertilizer, and applying the latest agricultural techniques.

Dr. Hani Sewilam, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, emphasized the importance of including a mechanism within the system to identify water needs for agricultural lands to facilitate effective planning. He pointed out the need for coordination among various entities through the proposed system to ensure governance.

The Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation also referred to several systems already implemented within the ministry that assist in collecting data on water consumption and monitoring floods.

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