Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel Aaty, visited Suez governorate on Saturday, to inspect the governorate’s water resources and irrigation projects.
He particularly visited the saline lands allocated for cultivating highly saline wheat and other crops by using agricultural wastewater.
The experiment is being conducted on an area of 15 feddan which has previously suffered from a rise in the level of groundwater and an increase in the concentration of salts, which amounted to 7000 to 10,000 parts per million.
Medium saline agricultural drainage water, which reaches 1339 parts per million is being used for agriculture in the saline land.
The saline soil was covered by a 60 cm of regular soil after implementing a modern irrigation network, and two covered and open drainage networks. After that, some crops that tolerate salinity, such as drought and salt-tolerant wheat, guava, olives, prickly pears, pomegranates and some vegetable crops that tolerate salinity were planted.
With the aim of spreading this experiment and expanding it in all similar areas, Abdel Atay directed to train 10 farmers on techniques for using agricultural drainage water to cultivate crops that tolerate high levels of salinity in saline lands.