Sisi: Face construction on farmland, population growth is expected to decline

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi speaks at the inauguration of a number of development projects in Upper Egypt – Presidency / Screenshot

CAIRO – December 22, 2021: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi called for dealing with the phenomenon of construction on agricultural land, adding that population growth must also decrease.

He made the remarks during the inauguration of a number of development projects as well as a gasoline production complex in Assiut, Upper Egypt, in the presence of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

The Egyptians built units on the limited farmland despite the expansion of the desert lands, Sisi said.

The cost of recovering a feddan from desert land ranges from LE 250,000 to LE 350,000, Sisi said, saying construction on farmland must stop.

This means the cost of salvaging a million feddans is around LE 3 billion, Sissi said.

My only goal is to preserve the Egyptian state and efforts are being made to achieve growth and prosperity amid the growing population, Sisi said.

In the last 30 years before 2014, the state had grown by LE 30 billion per year, Sissi said, adding that in the past seven years, the annual value of investments has averaged LE 1,000 billion. .

The state has increased annual investment by LE 1 trillion over the past seven years, which equates to the total value of investments over the past 30 years, the president added.

Speaking at the event, Finance Minister Mohamed Maait said construction on farmland and population growth has caused the state to import wheat and other products in hard currency.

He added that these two phenomena had a very negative impact.

At the event, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said six state ministries have implemented LE 535 billion worth of projects in Upper Egypt.

Madbouly said the state was working towards achieving comprehensive development in Upper Egypt, as the region had experienced poor services and the highest unemployment rates.

The state built 365 bridges and tunnels worth LE 50 billion in Upper Egypt, in addition to building 2,600 kilometers of roads and upgrading 4,000 kilometers of roads.

The Prime Minister said that 14 highways are being built along the Nile in the governorates of Upper Egypt at a cost of LE 23.5 billion.

The Assiut Oil Refining Company gasoline production complex in Assiut Governorate is one of the state’s strategic projects as part of the state’s plans to develop Upper Egypt , said President Bassam Radi’s spokesperson.

The complex aims to secure the gasoline supply to the population of the governorates of Upper Egypt and to save the cost of transporting gasoline from the existing refineries in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez to the various regions of Upper Egypt. -Egypt, added Radi.

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