Projects aim to protect investment, such as power stations and fish farming projects
Books – Mahmoud Zeidan:
In light of the directives of Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Dr. Osama Al-Zaher, head of the groundwater sector, and engineer Ashraf Hubeishi, head of the Beach Protection Authority, and irrigation leaders in Kafr El-Sheikh governorate accompanied a number of representatives of the World Bank, United Nations organizations, and a number of ambassadors of European countries, to inspect Rehabilitation works for one of the canals in the Motobas Center in Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate, and an inspection of an area of 1,700 acres, which was converted from flood irrigation systems to modern irrigation systems, and beach protection works in front of the Mastorouh village and east of the Industrial City in Motobas in Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate.
During the visit, the rehabilitation works of the 18-kilometer Sidi Youssef Canal, which feeds 8000 acres, were inspected and rehabilitated within the presidential initiative “Dignified Life.” A modern irrigation area of 1,700 acres on the main Sidi Youssef canal in the control of irrigation west of Kafr El-Sheikh was inspected with irrigation engineering. Motobas in Motobas Center, which is one of the centers covered by the presidential initiative “A Dignified Life”.
Dr. Abdel-Aty stated that the Sidi Youssef Canal serves the villages of (Sidi El-Badri – Sidi Talha – ….), and it has been rehabilitated in addition to the rehabilitation of a number of water courses taken from it with the aim of developing the water system in the area in an integrated manner, noting that the canal was previously reinforced with a mixing station. Agricultural wastewater in 2014 to improve the irrigation situation in the canal. However, after the rehabilitation of the canal, the irrigation complaints were finally resolved in the area, in addition to improving the water quality, as the canal was exposed to the interference of salty sea water during the unemployment period, and this required pumping excessive quantities of water to displace salinity, This is what was no longer needed after the implementation of the rehabilitation process, in addition to achieving the fairness of water distribution among farmers, and the arrival of water to the ends at the required times and in the quantities and quality appropriate for agriculture.
The farmers in the region expressed their great happiness with the implementation of projects to rehabilitate canals, courses and modern irrigation, as they pointed out the many benefits that have accrued to them, such as doubling production, reducing the use of fertilizers by 30%, reducing the salinity of water by half, and improving the quality of crops, especially with the reduction of soil salinity and the elimination of weeds;
The beach protection works were also inspected in front of Mastorouh village, with a length of 7 km and a width of 20-25 meters, which was established with funding from the Ministry and the Green Climate Fund, to protect the village of Mastoruh and the areas north of the international road, in addition to inspecting the works of protecting the beaches located east of the industrial city in Toubas with a length of 5 km long and 20-25 meters wide, which was built with funding from the Global Environment Facility.
Abdel-Aty stated that the negative effects of climatic changes and the resulting increase in the intensity of marine storms, given the exposure of the coastal area in Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate, north of the International Road, to water flooding during the nucleus and sea rage during the winter, which negatively affects the international road and the neighboring agricultural lands. The Ministry’s Beach Protection Authority has implemented a number of protection works in this area in the most appropriate methods and using environmentally friendly materials from the environment surrounding the project area. Making vertical rows on them, where sand fenders are used to collect sand and reduce sand loss by wind during storms.
Abdel-Aty added that the protection work aims to protect investment projects in the region, which include the Burullus power station and the fish farming project in Ghalioun pond, as well as future expansions in tourism projects under planning in the Kafr El-Sheikh governorate, and to maximize the benefit from these lands and current and future investments on them.