Lemons, oranges and tangerines—Oh my!
In efforts to tackle food security and climate change, the Agricultural Professions Syndicate has officially commenced the One Million Fruit Trees Project, alongside For the Love of Egypt coalition, local authorities, and other professional syndicates.
On Sunday, according to the head of the northern district of Giza, the neighborhood was granted with 1000 fruit trees of different kinds in main fields and streets across Imbaba. The campaign has already been activated in five public areas in Old Cairo—Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque, Abu Sufyan Street, Mogama3 Al Adyan, King Saleh Tunnel, and Hassan al Anwar Street.
Sayyed Khalifa, Chairman of the Agricultural Professions Syndicate, stated that the trees are being planted in public spaces in attempt to eradicate hunger and tighten food security. The main fruits being planted are lemons, oranges, and tangerines.
The Ministry of Agriculture issued guidelines for the methods of farming and fertilization, in order to ensure the care of the trees in high temperatures. According to the people behind the initiative, lemon trees are the easiest to plant, due to their resistance to pollution and high temperature, as well as their low water absorption rate and the low maintenance required to plant them.
With this campaign, Khalifa hopes to provide the necessary education on climate change and stress on the importance of cultivating and preserving trees for younger generations. Cultivating trees will allow for larger economic returns, which can eventually lead Egypt to prosperity and food security, Khalifa said.
Main image from Egypt Independent