Cairo, Egypt: Egypt is losing 30,000 acres of arable land each year to urban encroachment, according to Farouk al-Baz, Director, Boston Remote Sensing Institute. He was addressing a conference held in Cairo, devoted to land studies.
“All of the country’s arable land will completely disappear within 180 years if this trend is not reversed,” he said.
Al-Baz asserted that desert land reclamation projects could not serve as substitutes for agricultural production in the fertile Nile Delta.
Source: Al-Masry Al-Youm