Thursday 08 April 2021
Books – Muhammad Ghayat:
Dr. Mustafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, met today with Dr. Mohamed Abdel Aty, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, to follow up on the latest developments related to a number of the Ministry’s work files.
Dr. Mohamed Abdel Aty reviewed the results of the round of negotiations that were held in Kinshasa on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on April 4 and 5, indicating that no progress was made and no agreement was reached on the resumption of negotiations, as Ethiopia rejected the various proposals and alternatives presented by My downstream country, which aims to re-launch the negotiation process again, seeking solutions to the technical and legal controversial issues.
The Minister of Irrigation reiterated the flexibility enjoyed by the Egyptian and Sudanese sides during that tour, reflecting the serious desire to reach an agreement on the Renaissance Dam, indicating that Egypt participated in the negotiations that took place in Kinshasa in order to launch negotiations under the leadership of the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to a specific timetable for reaching a fair, balanced and legally binding agreement on the Renaissance Dam, however, the Ethiopian side has stubbornly refused to return to negotiations, which is a hindering position and will complicate the Renaissance Dam crisis and increase the tension in the region.
Dr. Mustafa Madbouly, along with the Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, followed up the position regarding the implementation of major national projects, within the framework of the ministry’s plan to achieve optimal utilization of water resources and rationalize their use, in a way that contributes to maximizing their returns. For the rehabilitation and lining of canals, lengths of up to 1,430 km have been rehabilitated at the level of the governorates of the Republic, and work is underway on the implementation of another 4,584 km, adding that funds have been arranged for the rehabilitation of canals with lengths of up to 1031 km in preparation for offering them to the contractors, bringing the total lengths The canals covered by the project have reached 7,045 km to date, which exceeds the target of rehabilitation during the first phase, which will end by mid-2022, at a total cost estimated at 18 billion pounds.
In this regard, the Prime Minister reiterated the importance of the national project for the rehabilitation and lining of canals in improving the process of managing and distributing water, and connecting them to the ends of tired canals, stressing the need to continue urging citizens to preserve waterways and protect them from pollution, especially those that witnessed development during this period.
During the meeting, the Minister touched on the executive position of the transformation project from flood irrigation systems to modern irrigation systems, as these systems represent a clear importance in rationalizing water consumption, indicating that the total reins in which irrigation systems were converted from flood irrigation to modern irrigation systems reaches an area of 260 Approximately one thousand feddans, in addition to submitting requests from farmers to convert to modern irrigation systems with control of up to 71 thousand feddans, stressing that this reflects the growing awareness among farmers of the importance of using these systems, which contribute to maximizing crop productivity and improving their quality, as well as reducing operating costs from During the efficient use of labor, energy and fertilizers, which is reflected in the increase in the profitability of the farmer.
During the meeting, the Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation indicated the position of the project to improve the water quality of the Kitchener Drain, which is in control of 588 thousand feddans, and is implemented through the ministries of water resources, irrigation, housing and local development, explaining that this project aims to support the process of removing or reducing pollution in the Kitchener Drain. And improving the health and environmental situation of citizens residing in the vicinity of the bank, with a total of approximately 2.40 million people in the governorates of Dakahlia, Gharbia and Kafr El Sheikh.
Dr. Mohamed Abdel Aty pointed out that the components of improving the quality of the water of the Kitchener Drain include the implementation of works to rehabilitate the bank and its branches and support the bridges, the construction and rehabilitation of lifting stations and industrial works on the banks (siphons, switches, bridges), in addition to installing a monitoring system for the quality and drainage of water in the drain, and implementing A number of irrigation and modern irrigation development projects in the lands served by the Kitchener and Omar Bey banks, taking into account the involvement of the beneficiaries and the concerned authorities through awareness campaigns.
With regard to the field of maximizing the use of agricultural drainage water with the aim of bridging the water deficit and maximizing the water resources of Egypt, the minister referred to the Bahr al-Qawar drainage project being implemented to treat the salinity of agricultural drainage water, to improve the environment in the eastern delta.
Dr. Abdel Aty added that the ministry aims to benefit from agricultural drainage water in the public, western Nubaria, Qalaa and Al-Khairy drains in the western delta, similar to what is currently being implemented in the Bahr Al-Baqar drain in the eastern delta to cope with climate changes and reduce the interference of sea water with groundwater in the delta, and this project represents Of great importance in achieving integrated development and attracting a large number of citizens to reduce overpopulation in the Delta.