The Red Sea governorate opened the Wadi al-Quaih farm in Qussair City on Monday as the first agricultural project in the governorate under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to claim 1.5 million acres nationwide.
The farm seeks to plant vegetables and fresh food products free from chemical fertilizers, and breed goats and sheep, in order to curb increasing prices in the local market.
At 130 feddans in size, with 11 open feddans irrigated by four solar-wells dedicated to planting vegetables, the farm will have 40 farmhouses and 2,500 palm trees, in addition to planting mango, tangerine, lemon, and guava.
The governorate aims to maximize the benefits of available natural resources, such as the highly saline land in the mountain valleys, notably Wadi al-Quaih, one of the largest valleys, by planting 25 crops which can be irrigated with saline water.
Meanwhile, Chief of Qussair City Youssef al-Shahed added that the governorate will construct a factory to pack the farm’s organic products and distribute them in the markets, in addition to establishing an integrated housing complex besides the farm.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm