Egypt and Sudan sign landmark agriculture agreements

Egypt and Sudan sign landmark agriculture agreements

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Fri, 01/02/2013 - 16:23

Egypt and Sudan signed three agricultural agreements on Thursday aimed at resolving conflicts among Nile Basin countries.

The agreements were signed by Egypt's Central Agricultural Cooperative Union (CACU) and its Sudanese counterpart. The two countries agreed to establish a joint company to cultivate land, and launch the first farmer's union for Nile Basin nations.

The agreements are intended to expand to include nine other countries in the region in the coming years.

Mamdouh Sayed Abdullah, union head, said Sudan agrees to provide accommodation and the needed resources for agricultural production to Egyptian farmers, in return for splitting their profits by 50 percent. He added that this would help the two countries achieve cooperation in the fields of agriculture and livestock production.

"Egyptian expertise will help us to increase agricultural production, especially the grains that will be cultivated in areas controlled by the company. These areas could include up to 100,000 feddans, within a Sudanese project that targets cultivating 2.5 million feddans to jumpstart agricultural production in the coming period," he continued.

Sudanese union head Salah al-Mardy said forthcoming bilateral cooperation between the two nations targets boosting agricultural cooperation, especially in light of available land in Sudan that could be used to cultivate crops needed in Egypt.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm