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Programme Efforts in Matrouh in the Local News!

January 23, 2017

During the last two weeks, the Programme efforts in Matrouh have been featured in the local news, particularly after the heavy rain fall in the Governorate. However, this year Matrouh witnesses this rain fall with developing wadis and increased agricultural area! For more details read the translated articles by Alosboo!

EU Funded Projects for Rural Development with the Italian Cooperation in Matrouh

Published on 12 January, 2017

Written by Saleh El Oshaiby

Under the patronage of Maj. Gen. Alaa Abu Zeid, the Governor of Matrouh four projects are being undertaken in the Governorate of Matrouh in cooperation with the European Union and the Italian Cooperation through: 1) establishment and development of new and existing wadis, 2) supply of water to local community through harvesting of rainwater and sustainable natural resource management techniques, 3) introduction of good agricultural practices GAPs and 4) livestock project in Matrouh.

Dr Eslam El Fadly, Field Officer of Matrouh sub Programme Management Unit under the EU- funded and Italian-Cooperation executed European Union-Joint Rural Development Programme (EU-JRP) has confirmed that “the main objective of EU-JRDP is to increase agricultural production through effective management of water resources and to adopt good agricultural practices or GAPs in addition to improve quality of life for residents living in rural areas through the promotion of income-generating activities, both agricultural or non-agricultural with optimum utilization of local resources.

El Fadly also noted that the expected results of these projects in Matrouh are: reclaiming and constructing rainwater harvesting systems, increasing agricultural lands, supplying more water to meet the needs of local populations, improving available pasture and enhancing local breeds of sheep, promoting geographical indications or GI products; improving agricultural production and income in the targeted communities of Matrouh through introduction, awareness raising and adoption of good agricultural practices (GAPs).

On the other hand, Dr. Naim Moselhy, President of Desert Research Center has pinpointed that currently, under the auspices of Dr. Essam Fayed, Minister of Agriculture and Land Rehabilitation (MALR) New and Existing Wadies Project is taking place in the area of Fokah East to Salloum West with a total of 15,000 km2, from May 2015 till mid-2019.

Moselhy emphasized that the goal of this Project is to improve the socio-economic conditions of locals living in rural areas, with a special emphasis on sustainable management of natural resources mainly water and soil, reduce poverty in the targeted region, especially among the young, women and poor farmers, increase sustainable agricultural production by increasing the area of cultivated land and improving productivity and utilization of rain water benefiting over 2,000 families living in these areas.

Dr. Hamdi Abdul Aziz, Local Coordinator of the Project and former Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development in Matrouh, confirmed that the expected results from the Project is the rehabilitation of 35km of existing wadies, development of 15km of new wadies with a total of 50 kilometers, establishment of approximately 100 cisterns with a storage capacity of 100 to 120 m3, planting approx. 200 feddans of new wadies “of fruit trees and crops,” in addition to the rehabilitation of 450 feddans of existing wadies in addition to creation of 1000 job opportunities especially for youth and women and improving the agricultural services offered in the wadies.

Dr. Sayed Mohammed Khalifa, Professor at the DRC and General Supervisor of the Council of Executive Agency for Comprehensive Development Projects highlighted that the Water Supply to Local Communities through Harvesting of Rainwater and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Matrouh or “WASH Matrouh Project” in cooperation with “ACSAD” or the Arab Center Dry Areas and Arid Lands, an Arab League center, WASH Matrouh targets to provide safe water through construction and rehabilitation of water reservoirs in order to supply residents with safe water thus improving their socio-economic lives and through rehabilitation of 366 cisterns and construction of 24 reservoirs next to their homes for animal consumption and irrigation of family agricultural productions. The percentage of rehabilitation has reached 30% during the months of November and December 2016 benefiting approximately 3000 locals.

Furthermore, Dr. Khalifa stressed that the target during the coming period is to carry out awareness raising campaigns and to disseminate health guidelines focusing on water treatment at the level of domestic use in four markazes namely; Ras ElHekma, Marsa Matrouh, El Negeilah, and Sidi Barrani. Approximately 20,000 locals are expected to benefit from these campaigns. He added the Project is scheduled to end by next August.

Meanwhile, Dr. Adel Abul Naga, researcher at the Animal Production Research Center (APRI), under the Agricultural Research Center (ARC) of the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR) also stressed that the European Union- Joint Rural Development Programme (EU-JRDP) is funding APRI to implement a livestock improvement project in Matrouh which targets Barki goat and sheep breeders in the rain-fed area (Marsa Matrouh, Negielah and Sidi Barrani).

Abul Naga has noted that the aim of “Matrouh Livestock Project” is to raise the living standards of locals and increase the adaptability of sheep and goats under severe environmental conditions. Moreover, this Project aims at the genetic improvement of Barki Sheep with full participation of breeders thus improved productivity of Barki Goats through inbreeding with imported Damascus Goats, and finally processing their produced milk for marketing. All this will be in parallel with the enhanced local fodder with increased nutritional value. Livestock Matrouh is scheduled over the period of 3 years (2016 -2019).

Haj Attia Abdel Samee Senousi, Chief of Peasants in the Governorate of Matrouh emphasized the need of breeders to have available fodder on credit basis through a revolving fund or through such projects. This he added, could be achieved by selling in credit with intervals ranging from six months to a year, particularly after the livestock in Matrouh is about to extinct, earlier in Matrouh the cattle count was approximately 1400000 (sheep and goats) and has deteriorated reaching only 300000 heads.



Matrouh receives rainfall with developing desert valleys and increasing agricultural area

Published on 14 January, 2017

Written by Saleh El Oshaiby

Today Saturday 14th January, 2017 Matrouh Governorate is witnessing heavy rains intermittently accompanied by a huge drop of temperatures, which has led to lesser movement of locals in the streets.

Maj. Gen. Alaa Abu Zeid, the Governor of Matrouh, has stated to the press that the Governorate is largely benefiting from rainfall, particularly in the desert areas where agriculture is rain-fed. Currently, rainwater is being harvested in large quantities through hundreds of dams, reservoirs and wells spread in the different desert areas for agricultural, drinking and livestock breeding purposes.

The Governor pointed out that Matrouh as a governorate has built an extensive experience dealing with floods as a result of the earlier years heavy rainfalls. In the past, the Governorate has been suffering each time it flooded. Nowadays, measures are being taken in preparation of the event and the worst scenario that may follow would only be restricting or impeding the mobility of local pedestrians. No other damage or drowning incidence may occur in the Governorate. This is not only due to the constructed water harvesting facilities but also to the machinery dedicated to dealing with heavy floods and to the awareness and efficiency of senior officials managing such crises.

The rain continues to fall intermittently and despite the lesser mobility of locals the traffic and high way travel by vehicles is not affected. Thus the only noticed effect is that cold weather has significantly made locals prefer staying home except for emergencies.

On the other hand, the authorities concerned in cooperation with the Egyptian Holding Company of Potable Water and Sanitation was prepared to remove rainwater accumulations from affected main streets and roads promptly.

The Governorate crisis management unit has not received any reports on breakdowns or damage due to the heavy rains and bad weather.

Dr. Ahmed AlKutt, the director of the Centre for Sustainable Development of Matrouh Resources has confirmed that the Desert Research Center is developing and reclaiming new and existing wadis of approximately 50 kilometers up to 1000 feddans to maximize the use of rainwater in cooperation with the European Union (EU) and Italy through the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR). These efforts are in the areas of Sidi Barani in the valleys of Hallab, Juhaym, El Tarafiah, Al Karaya, Al Basos. Lands are being reclaimed in the valleys of El Makroon, El Aleem in El Negielah district and El Kassabah and Elwashkah Valley east of Marsa Matrouh, the valleys of El Batr, Said, Semeet, Ghandoura, Alhefian, Ras Elhekma are also being reclaimed only during the first phase of the Project.



Training Courses for Vets in Matrouh

Published on 17 January, 2017 

Written by Saleh Al Oshaiby

Livestock Matarouh Project, under the patronage of Maj. Gen. Alaa Abu Zeid, Governor of Matrouh, and funded by the European Union – Joint Rural Development Programme (EU-JRDP), has organized a meeting chaired by Prof. Adel Abul Naga, Project Manager and Dr. Eslam El Fadly, EU-JRDP Matrouh Field Officer, together with the Project Coordination Committee, which consists of 14 people of livestock stakeholders in Matrouh from the 3 Markazes of Sidi Barrani, Negeilah, and Marsa Matrouh. The meeting was held at the headquarters of the Training Center for Applied Research, Matrouh Center for Sustainable Development, under the Desert Research Center.

Dr. Aboul Naga stated that the main objective of the Livestock Matrouh Project is to improve livestock in rain-fed areas of Matrouh for better adaptability to the hot dry conditions of the Governorate.

Furthermore, Abul Naga stressed the need to hold seminars and meetings with breeders in order to activate the network of breeders for improving Barki sheep, establishing a breeding and laboratory center for Barki rams in Matrouh Animal Production Station for 100 ram over one-year cycle to breed sheep selected from breeders over the period of 6 months. During the cycle, sheep is monitored for vitality and tested physically and reproductively to ensure resilience to vulnerability. Finally, the finest adult male sheep are being selected, and displayed in a public celebration. The selected sheep are then returned to their original owners or distributed to breeders willing to own them. Abul Naga stressed that there are incentive activities for breeders including provision of veterinary services ex. vaccinations and parasite treatments for participating breeders. Other activities include marketing of the Barki sheep and goats to local and Arab markets, developing human skills of associations working in the area of livestock improvement in Matrouh such as: holding training courses for veterinarians on health care and for breeders on basic veterinarian services.

Dr. Eslam El Fadly, EU-JRDP Field Officer has stressed that the results expected from this Project are improved productivity of Barki sheep under arid environment conditions, in full participation of breeders to ensure sustainability, doubled milk production by crossing with Damascus bucks, increased weight and price of produced crossbred kid goats to be marketed for, in addition to reduced feeding gap for both sheep and goats particularly during the summer season.

Haj Abdul Aziz Waaer, a member of the coordinating committee has emphasized that the Project is inclusive of the largest number of breeders to capitalize the activities noting that the Governorate of Matrouh is of a special nature where certain customs and traditions apply and hence the selection of livestock must be based on criteria clear to everyone without any discrimination among breeders.

Haj. Mahmoud Riza believes that choosing 2 representatives from each of the 3 Markazes spares suffering that otherwise could have been experienced by breeders in terms of access to Project activities and having a direct contact with the Project.



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