Irrigation minister urges cooperation among world countries for better water management
Sunday، 01 August 2021 - 02:54 PM
Egypt has stressed the need for cooperation among world countries to achieve the sustainable development goals and optimal management of water resources, its irrigation minister said Sunday.
Mohamed Abdel Aati, in a meeting with director general of the Islamic Organization for Food Security Yerlan Alimzhanuly Baidaulet, underlined the importance of joint cooperation and exchanged expertise especially as Egypt and many countries are facing big water challenges.
The meeting took up ways to benefit from Egypt’s know-how in the field of managing and rationalizing water resources with the aim to make best use of water, thus contributing to an increase in agricultural production.
Abdel Aati invited Baidaulet to attend a Cairo water week, the fourth, which is slated for October 24-28 and should be held under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
The minister put Baidaulet in the picture about challenges facing the water sector in Egypt, especially in light of the over-population and limited resources problems.
Egypt is suffering from water scarcity, Abdel Aati acknowledged, noting that his country gets about 60 billion cubic meters of water annually, most of which from the Nile River. He also talked about very limited amounts of rain water that could reach about one billion cubic meters, as well as deep groundwater in the deserts.
He made it clear that Egypt’s water needs are estimated to reach some 114 billion cubic meters annually. This gap is being narrowed through the re-use of agricultural waste water and surface groundwater in the Valley and Delta regions, the minister explained. In addition, some foodstuffs are being imported to compensate for another 34 billion cubic meters of water every year, Abdel Aati further said.
He said his Ministry has been working over the past five years to enhance its ability to deal with water challenges and emergencies through a number of projects to rehabilitate canals in order to best manage and distribute water.
He added that his Ministry has also been working on a national project to replace flood irrigation with an advanced system, including smart irrigation, which is more helpful in terms of rationalizing water consumption.
Baidaulet said he would like to transfer Egypt’s success stories to other Muslim states.
The Islamic Organization for Food Security is a specialized institution of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), dedicated to promoting agricultural and rural development as well as enhancing food security in OIC member states.