Cairo Metro prices and Egypt’s “potato crisis” mark an otherwise uneventful night for talk shows
The airwaves had little to offer last night, with the talking heads busying themselves with metro ticket prices and a shortage of potatoes.
The Transport Ministry is working on a new pricing scheme for the new Cairo Metro lines that will be launched soon, Deputy Minister Amr Shaat told Yahdoth fi Masr. The first and second lines will not be part of this new pricing system, Shaat said, adding that Line 3 is likely to be opened to the public after around two months of tests (watch, runtime: 2:27). Trial operations on the new metro line began last week. Shaat also briefly discussed the new railway line that will link Egypt and Sudan (more on that in What We’re Tracking Today), saying that funding is currently the project’s largest concern (watch: runtime: 3:06). Transport Minister Hisham Arafat was also quizzed about both issues on Al Hayah Al Youm (watch here, runtime: 5:41 and here, runtime: 8:16)
Meanwhile, Masaa DMC’s Osama Kamal got into a lengthy discussion about a “crisis” caused by a shortage of potatoes. Kamal spoke to members of the Potato Producers Association, who told him that farmers planted smaller crops this year after they were underpaid last year. Climate change has also affected the crop’s quality this year, they added. Kamal also spoke to the head of the Agriculture Ministry’s central crops unit and to MPs about the shortage (watch, runtime: 4:55 and here, runtime: 1:04:46)
Meanwhile, Hona Al Asema’s Dina Zahra had a chat with Egyptian athletes at the Youth Olympics in Argentine (watch, runtime: 20:07).