FAO launches the project “Good agricultural practices for small-scale farmers in Fayoum”, in partnership with International Organizations and Egyptian Institutions
October 12, 2017
Fayoum- 11 October 2017
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized today an inception workshop of the project “Extending the application of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) to enhance the quantity and the quality of horticulture for small-scale farmers in Fayoum”, in partnership with The Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Union of Producers and Exporters of Horticultural Crops, and Fayoum
Agro-Organic and Development Association. This project is financed by The European Union.
Representatives from the European Union – Joint Rural Development Programme (EU-JRDP) and from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation have attended the inception workshop, held under the auspice of Dr. Gamal Sami Ali, Fayoum governor, along with representatives from the Agriculture and Irrigation Departments in Fayoum, Faculty of Agriculture-Fayoum university, as well as representatives from the Agriculture Cooperatives, the Agricultural Extension Center, vegetables and fruits exporters, and small-scale horticulture farmers from the concerned villages.
On this occasion, Dr. Gamal Sami Ali, Fayoum governor, said:” this project is a good opportunity for farmers to move from traditional agricultural practices, which results in having crops of low quantity and quality, to good agriculture practices, which will significantly contribute in enhancing the living condition of small scale farmers’ and their families. We aim to mainstream the project’s results and activities in all the governorate’s villages in order to benefit everyone in way that will be reflected on the overall economic performance of the governorate.
Dr. Hussein Gadain, FAO Representative in Egypt, said: “the main purpose of the project is to improve the living condition of small-scale horticulture farmers in five villages in Fayoum governorate, as well as to increase their crops’ quality and quantity, and the competitiveness of their products through the adoption of GAPs with emphasis on reducing the use of pesticides while maintaining high crop productivity, and through the dissemination of these concepts at the governorate level.”
He further added: “FAO is responsible for managing and coordinating all the project’s activities to optimize the use of rain water and floods, and to build the capacity of farmers. More agreements are to be signed in the upcoming period to organize associations for small scale farmers and to provide practical agriculture applications aiming at achieving good water and soil management, as well as adopting integrated prevention and production systems. They also aim at diversifying the crops to attain highest level of their production and their quality, enabling us to market for them, to strengthen the ability of local contracting and exporting, as well as establishing agriculture greenhouses in each of the five concerned villages.
For his part, Ahmed Ewiss, project manager in the FAO, said:” Fayoum governates’ farmers face a series of challenges: failure to testing and loosening the soil, lack of awareness of the crops diversification, neglecting the agriculture cycle and lacking optimal use of water, inability to have the high-quality seeds and fertilizers, and shortage of agricultural mechanization. This project intent to overcome these obstacles by adopting technologies aiming at improving the efficiency and management of water use in the farms, as well as adopting good agriculture practices to improve the soil fertility and providing the option of crop diversification, along with other important measures to be taken in this regard.
The project “Good agricultural practices” will be implemented in five villages in Fayoum: Fanous, Dar El-Salam, Monshaat El Gamal, Kasr El Gebali and Karoun Wali, in Tamiyyah and Yousef El-Sedik districts.
The European Union-Joint Rural Development Program (EU-JRDP) is a rural development intervention under the European Neighborhood and partnership Financial Cooperation with Mediterranean Countries (ENPARD) in Egypt, a policy initiative of the European Union translating its commitment to inclusive growth and stability in its neighborhood and is implemented by the Italian cooperation. The total cost of the Program is 21,89 million entirely financed by the European union. EU-JRDP duration is five years (2015-2019)