Egypt started establishing three fish farms and an animal farm in four African countries, said Head of the Project of African Farms, affiliated with the Ministry of Agriculture, Maher Maghraby on Sunday.
Egypt has started establishing fish farms in Algeria, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, and an animal production farm in Uganda, Maghraby added in his speech at the meeting of the Parliament’s African Affairs Committee, noting that the ministry has received requests from other African countries to establish similar projects.
Maghraby continued that these projects have started in Egypt since 1998, noting that Egypt had helped Nigeria when it suffered a famine in the second half of the 20th century.
“These projects were suspended following the 2011 revolution and then were revived over the past few years,” Maghraby explained.
In February 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation announced the establishment of a joint Egyptian-Eritrean farm in Eritrea, the seventh farming project to be built by Egypt in Africa, Egypt’s state-owned news agency reported.
In Togo, the Egyptian-Togolese Joint Farm project was launched in November 2017.
During recent years, the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs focused on cooperating with African countries in many fields especially agriculture.
In an attempt to enhance the competitive ability of the African countries’ produce and their economic development, the Ministry of Agriculture has established joint model farms with African countries. The project aims to carry out joint agricultural research to increase agricultural production in Africa.