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Sunday, 23 December 2018

El Sisi inaugurates greenhouses in Qaliubiya, Beni Suef

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s inauguration of several greenhouse projects yesterday was the talk of the town on the airwaves last night.

The greenhouses are meant to increase Egypt’s agricultural output fourfold while cutting down on water consumption by about 60%, Agriculture Minister Ezzedin Abu Steit told Hona Al Asema. These greenhouses will fill the gap between supply and demand in organic produce (watch, runtime: 06:55). Menoufia University agriculture professor Mohamed Salim also told Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary that organic crops are cheaper to produce, which should make these products to become more widely available (watch, runtime: 07:47). El Hekaya’s Amr Adib, meanwhile, (metaphorically) clapped along and praised El Sisi for bringing the project to life (watch, runtime: 01:55).

House Rep. Fayez Abu Khadra recapped the broad strokes of the Labor Act with Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim. Abu Khadra noted that the legislation would, among other things, regulate workplace strikes and require workers to notify their employers prior to staging any strikes (watch, runtime: 02:42). The Federation of Egyptian Industries’ Labor Law and Affairs Committee had reportedly presented several comments and concerns on the legislation to the House, but they were not incorporated, committee head Samir Allam said (watch, runtime: 04:59).

Egypt and Pakistan recorded the greatest increase in research output in 2018, according to the journal Nature. The outcome is a result of the Higher Education Ministry’s focus on increasing applied and creative research in Egypt, minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar said on El Hekaya (watch, runtime: 08:33).

Doctors are apparently refusing to work in “remote” areas (read: not Cairo or Alexandria) such as Fayoum, Minya, and Beni Suef, leading the Health Ministry to specifically hire 1k doctors to serve these areas, head of the ministry’s primary care division Soad Abdel Meguid told Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 17:41).

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