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Editorial: In need of local solutions.

Summary: CAIRO - As part of its strategy to increase wheat production and offer prices that are competitive with international rates to motivate farmers, the Government intends to temporarily halt local planting until the problem of inadequate storage is resolved.

The Egyptian Gazette

Gouda Abdul Khaleq, the Minister of Supply and Home Trade, is implementing the construction of new silos in different governorates. Four silos are already in use, in Wadi el-Natroun, Abul Matameer in Beheira Governorate and Qena in Upper Egypt.

Two silos in Assiut will also be ready soon, as part of a plan to construct 16 horizontal silos for the adequate storage of this strategic crop.

After the Mubarak regime was toppled, successive ministers of agriculture have formulated a plan to increase Egypt's wheat production, which will lead to less dependence on imports.

An important step at this stage is to introduce price incentives that will encourage farmers to plant more wheat. Minister Abdul Khaleq stated that he expects that local wheat production will reach three million tonnes this year instead of 2.6 million in 2011.

There is no doubt that the January 25 Revolution has brought a new political will. The country can develop local solutions to food crises and reduce the dependence on imports that grew so steadily during Mubarak's three-decade rule.

In order to please foreign powers and serve the interests of corrupt businesspeople, the National Democratic Party (NDP) governments adopted policies to lower the local production of this strategic crop.

As a result Egypt changed from being an agricultural country into one of the biggest importers of food. It has become not only the world's biggest importer of wheat, but also imports around 95 per cent of cooking oil!

Hopefully, post-revolution Egypt will pay much more attention to the agricultural sector and discard the red tape and personal interests that used to govern the decision-making process in this vital sector.

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Publication:The Egyptian Gazette (Cairo, Egypt)
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:7EGYP
Date:Feb 19, 2012
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