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The impact of greenhouses is highly underestimated amongst Egypt’s homeowners. Some view them as just another costly commodity, while others are not necessarily aware of the concept. A lot of people don’t realise that it helps your garden grow a wide variety of plants, protect the vegetation from predators and pests, and several other benefits, in any weather. That is why it is critical that awareness about such key tools should be increased, and why the government just launched the second phase of its latest major greenhouse project, estimated to be the largest of its kind in the Middle East.
Last Saturday, Egypt inaugurated 1,300 greenhouses on an area of 10,000 feddans, as well as a sorting and packaging factory, and a seed production complex, at Mohamed Naguib’s protected agricultural base, according to Egypt Independent. The long-term goal of this national project, executed by the National Company for Protected Crops, is to establish 100,000 greenhouses to satisfy the needs of 20 million citizens. As a result, food security can be achieved, the use of available land for agricultural activities will be maximised, and it will begin to bridge the gap between production and consumption.
In terms of specifications, Egypt Today states that the size of each greenhouse varies from three to 12 feddans. Moreover, 7,000 feddans are cultivated with different types of vegetables, 2,500 feddans with olive trees, and 500 feddans with watermelon. The annual production size of the greenhouses in the base is 184,000 tons, which can fulfil the needs of 1.7 million citizens in Cairo, Matrouh, and Beheira. So far, the greenhouses project at the base has secured 15,000 jobs in different fields, according to the General Manager of the Armed Forces National Service Agency, Mostafa Amin.