Mr. Short received the Minister Agriculture Land Reclamation A report by Dr Ali Hazeen, Head of the Executive Agency for Integrated Development Projects, on the efforts of the agency, which provides a range of agricultural, health and veterinary services and small projects through these projects, within the framework of the State’s interest in social protection programs for the most needy groups, and the Ministry of Agriculture’s interest in social protection programs through a group of projects aimed to support small farmers and women in villages and rural areas.
The report says, according to a ministry statement today, that the Integrated Development Agency, in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Solidarity, distributed 1,800 small sheep farming projects to beneficiaries of the Takaful social welfare program and Karama in the border governorates of the Red Sea, South and North Sinai and Matrouh, in addition to 403 laying hen projects in the villages of the centers of the governorate of Kafr El-Sheikh, at a cost of 15,000 pounds for each project, and 220 sheep farming projects in Hayat Karima Villages of Qena Governorate.
The project aims to register those who are able to work and benefit from the cash support program Solidarity and dignity in the labor market through their ownership of small and micro projects after building their capacity through training and qualification.
The agency has trained the beneficiary families before receiving the projects, as well as that the breeds that have been distributed are adapted and compatible with the areas of their distribution, and that the heads of the animals obtain all the necessary vaccinations and are insured with a all-risk insurance for the benefit of beneficiary families. In addition, quantities of fodder or hay sufficient for at least three months are distributed.
“Hazin” added that the Executive Agency for Integrated Development Projects, in cooperation with the World Food Programme, through the project to enable the Bedouin communities of Matrouh to earn a living, provided a large number of different services in the agency’s areas of work to the Bedouin communities of Abu Zariba – Baqbak – Abu Safafi – Ujarin – Eastern Rabieh – Rabieh Al-Wusta – Fuka – Al-Qasaba – Al-Hawala, where the project aims to increase incomes and improve the food security situation of Bedouin communities through the implementation of comprehensive development activities in the areas of health services – educational services – training and skills development – agricultural and environmental services – breeding in partnership with the development partners of the governorate.
The project created and furnished 6 community classrooms, 2 women’s development centers, vocational training, 2 health units and 1 veterinary unit. The project also developed a distance of 9.7 km in the valleys of Hamad and its branches and Wadi Abu Safafi by establishing cement and earth dams, which resulted in the development of more than 500 feddans Culture of barley, olives and figs. More than 200 families have benefited from it. The project has also built 88 water collection wells, with a capacity of 150 m3, for a total of 13,200 m3, and purified 77 Roman wells in all the work areas, to a total of approximately 60,000 m3, depending on the average storage capacity of each well.
In addition, 236 tons and 50 kilos of barley seeds were distributed to support 8,322 farmers, enough to cultivate 8,322 acres. In addition, 332,500 olive seedlings were distributed to approximately 8,117 farmers, with an area of 7,388 acres, bringing the total of what was distributed to over 433,000 olive seedlings for the cultivation of 11,000 acres of rainfed crops. And the establishment of 53 veterinary convoys with vaccinations amounting to 334,624 heads, with the provision of various veterinary care and education services, as well as the establishment of 30 health convoys, and medicines were distributed free of charge for sick cases, with a total of 13,183 cases in different specialties.
Also, 44 training courses have been set up in the following areas: crafts and knitting – health education – awareness-raising with the National Women’s Council from 2014 to 2020 through the project. With a total number of girls exceeding 1365. The project has built 333 toilet towers in West Matrouh – Ras El Hekma areas as small income generating projects for the most needy women and families.
The Executive Authority for Comprehensive Development Projects, through the Integrated Development Project for Halayeb and Shalatin Regions, funded by the public treasury, has carried out activities aimed at supporting small-scale fishers and herders, as well as supporting the inhabitants of the cities of Shalateen, Halayeb and Abu Ramad through the distribution of 30 wooden fishing boats covered with fiberglass and equipped with a 40 horsepower Yamaha engine, 30 refrigerators and 30 fishing permits for small fishermen, and the distribution of 2000 sheep and goats to the most needy families, and the distribution of dry fodder for the need to feed the sheep and goats, and the operation of 3 barley growing rooms for the production of green fodder in the Desert Research Station in Shalatin, and the mechanical drilling of 7 wells in Shalatin, Abu Safah and Al-Dif Supply and installation And operation of 6 stations of solar irrigation system, installed it construction and operation of 100 agricultural greenhouses, including fifty greenhouses in Wadi Hawdain in Shalateen, fifteen in Wadi Al-Dif and ten in Wadi Embark in Marsa Alam, fifteen greenhouses in the Desert Research Center station in Shalatin, and the installation of 15 parking shades in the city of Shalatin
An integrated and sustainable development model has also been implemented in Wadi Hawdain in Al-Shalatin, where the main idea of the works taking place in Wadi Hawdain, one of the desert valleys, about 32 km from the city of Shalatin, is based on working an integrated model of sustainable development using all available natural resources such as salt water and desert lands in establishing communities that enjoy all means of subsistence, including housing , employment opportunities, agricultural, animal, fish and poultry production, and industries based on the drying of medicinal and aromatic plants, dairy products and camel meat, as well as the provision of pasture for camels and cattle. goats all year round using salt water.
It aims to create a model of sustainable and integrated development in desert societies through which modern stable Bedouin societies can be established – Creating employment opportunities in the agricultural activity of Bedouins in these areas – Availability of fresh vegetables, of fish and poultry in this region – Benefit from the comparative advantage of industries based on drying and packaging plants Medical, aromatic and camel milk based industries, maximizing the use of land and water unit The model includes three solar-powered wells, together giving about 300 cubic meters / day of salt water at a rate of 10,000 parts per million, and 2 desalination plants with an efficiency of up to 65%.
In addition, a small village has been set up in the valley, consisting of 24 dwellings, a service building, and the installation of a solar power plant to light the village with a capacity of 30 kW. Wat with paving of the road leading to the valley, and a pastoral unit of gathering plants and acacia on an area of five acres irrigated directly with salty well water – a camel farm established by the improvement program in camel productivity with a pasteurization unit for milk camels, and two fish farms, the first exploiting the saltiest water from the water stations Desalination 16,000 parts per million for the breeding of red tilapia with a productivity of 20 tons per cycle, and the other using desalinated water before entering the cultures, in which black tilapias are raised with a productivity of 15 tons per cycle. Where all products are sold at 25% discounted prices as directed by the political leadership, and a poultry complex that includes two pavilions for laying hens of Fayoumi hens, which yields about 750,000 eggs annually. And two broiler sheds to produce about fifty tons of poultry meat annually, and about fifty greenhouses for the production of vegetables: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplants, zucchini, cantaloupes and watermelons which produce more than 120 tons of vegetables annually.
A unit was also set up for the drying and packaging of medicinal and aromatic plants, including a solar dryer, machines to produce tea bags, Moringa bags and sachets, and a palm grove, where five hectares were cultivated. high quality palm trees. and water resulting from the replacement of fish farming water such as slacorn and barley in cooperation with the International Center for local agriculture in Dubai which tolerates salinity, and the development of certain types of high-grade algae in protein to be included in feed ingredients or used in fertilization such as Azolla seaweed and the cultivation of 7.5 hectares of Arabian buckthorn and the establishment of a honey apiary for the production of mountain Sidr honey , and the construction of a building composed of a ground floor serving as outlets for the distribution and sale of products, warehouses, a freezing room, a first floor composed of 2 apartments, administrative offices, and a second floor composed of 2 workers’ lounges and a roof.
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