Al-Sisi monitors development projects in Lakes Manzala and Nasser

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi has ordered the government to complete the development cycle of Lake Manzala through an integrated strategy for fishing and fish processing.

This came during a meeting on Wednesday with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Agriculture and Land Use Planning Elsayed Elkosayer and Minister of Irrigation and Hani Swailem Water Resources.

During the meeting, the President was briefed on the latest updates regarding the development and purification of the lake, which is the largest and most important natural lake in Egypt. The lake has seen remarkable alterations and qualitative change after removing encroachments and unlicensed farms, deepening the lake and clarifying its waters.

Development work included removing sediment and weeds, developing the sparks that connect the lake to the Mediterranean Sea using the latest giant dredges, stopping the flow of sewage to it thanks to the installation of triple purification stations, as well as the creation of a road around the lake. to protect it and ensure fluid access and facilitate the movement of transport, commerce and people.

These efforts led to the restoration of the natural state and ecological balance of the lake and the increase of its total area to 250,000 feddan containing pure water which contributed to the annual production of fish in quantity and in quality.

The president also followed the development efforts of Lake Nasser, ordering to prepare an integrated study that would take advantage of its fisheries wealth by developing the lake, increasing its efficiency and maximizing its fishing capabilities.

The meeting also witnessed a review of the executive position of the Egyptian Countryside Development Company projects, in terms of total land area and infrastructure for land reclamation projects, in addition to efforts to provide water meters, as well as to address existing challenges, in coordination between the company and the two ministries of agriculture, irrigation and specialized scientific bodies.

Margie D. Carlisle