President Abdel Fattah El Sisi ordered on Saturday to expand a national project to reclaim one million feddans to be 1.5 million feddans.
Sisi gave his directives at a meeting with Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Hossam Moghazi and Agriculture Minister Salah Hilal.
The meeting tackled the outcome of a tour made by the prime minister and the three ministers to inspect a number of land lots in Minya and Qena governorates, Presidential Spokesman Alaa Youssef said.
The agriculture minister noted that the one-million feddan project will include integrated agricultural urban communities and agricultural industrialization zones.
The agriculture minister reviewed the current situation of wells that will be used for irrigating the lands of the project.
The housing minister reviewed the ongoing coordination between the ministries concerned to connect the land that will be reclaimed with the road projects that will be carried out as part of a national plan.