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Sunday, 5 June 2022

Last Night’s Talk Shows:

Bread and the grain used to make it led the conversation on last night’s airwaves.

Gov’t gets tough on local farmers who don’t meet minimum quotas: Supply Minister Ali El Moselhy has directed governorates to draw up an inventory of land harvested so far, to make sure farmers are meeting requirements to sell the state at least 12 ardebs of higher-quality wheat per feddan during the season. Farmers who don’t meet the quota are at risk of criminal proceedings and will be fined around EGP 1.7k per ardeb of undelivered wheat, according to the directive — double the price the state would have bought it for. Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa took a close look at the directive (watch, runtime: 3:34).

Bread subsidies aren’t changing — but beneficiaries can now get an advance on their loaves: The bread ration is still five loaves per day — but under a Supply Ministry decision, citizens can now receive up to three days’ worth of loaves in advance. The move saves citizens from having to go to bakeries every day, Supply Ministry undersecretary in Alexandria Mohamed Saadallah told Kelma Akhira’s Lamis El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 7:35).

Personal Status Act … take two: The committee that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has directed be set up to draft a new version of the Personal Status Act will be comprised of both male and female judges specialized in personal status and family law, sources told Kelma Akhira’s El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 4:56). The committee’s line-up is set to be announced today, El Hadidi added. The story also got coverage from Masa’a DMC (watch, runtime: 12:22), Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 5:14) and Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 2:15).

BACKGROUND: El Sisi in May urged the government, lawmakers and Al Azhar to draft balanced and fair legislation as soon as possible. Controversial amendments to a previous bill, which critics argued would curb women’s rights and legal protections, was shelved by the House last year after backlash.

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