Egyptâ?? agriculture scientists at Atomic Energy Authority produces new strain of wheat resistant to salinity, wat er scarcity
The Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority, headed by Dr. Amr El-Hajj,
announced that the agricultural research scientists in the authority
have started harvesting the production of new strain of
genetically-modified wheat at the authority's site in Inshas city,
Bilbeis, Sharqia Governorate.
This strain has high-productivity with distinct characteristics such asÂ
being resistant to cultivation in saline lands, and water shortage, the
authority said in a statement on Friday.
The rate of production exceeds 4 tons per acre, with an increase of
almost a ton over the currently cultivated Egyptian varieties, the
statement said, adding that this variety cultivation takes only 140
days, the statement continued.
El Hajj said that the cultivation of this strain could contribute to
increasing Egyptâ??s local production of wheat by 33 percent and
consequently would decrease the imported wheat.
Early April, Hesham El Hossary, the head of the Agricultural Committee
at the House of Representatives said in media comments that the crisis
of Coronavirus pandemic and the political international situation of the
Russian-Ukrainian conflict have pushed the state to consider planting
the GM products.
Egypt prohibits importing and planting GMO seeds, but allows imports of
GM-produced soybeans and maize that have been approved from the country
of origin, especially from the United States.
Egypt is currently suffering from crisis of wheat supply due to the l
Russian-Ukraine conflict as the two countries are the biggest wheat
importer to Egypt. So, the government is working to increase the area of
the wheat crops by 1.5 million feddans over the next three years in
accordance with a new study conducted by the Egyptian Cabinet's
Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC).
Egypt needs about 18 million tons of wheat annually, with local
productivity of 10 million tons of wheat. So, it has been gravely
affected by the ongoing Ukraine-Russia conflict as it gets 80 percent of
exported wheat from both conflicting countries.
On April 21, 2020, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi made an inspection
tour in Toshka agricultural lands in the South Valley of Upper Egyptâ??s
Aswan early to witnesses the start of the wheat harvest season.
Sisi then gave the green light for the opening of some wheat silos via
video in several governorates and watched a documentary on Egyptâ??s
achievements to secure the wheat needed for local consumption.
Egyptâ?? agriculture scientists at Atomic Energy Authority produces new
strain of wheat resistant to salinity, water scarcity - EgyptToday