Yesterday, the nurseries of the "mk jojoba" Company for the Reclamation of Desert Lands" in the new city of El Alamein received the "Botanical Clinic" alliance, which includes 30 researchers from the deans and professors of agricultural faculties at the level of the Republic commissioned by the presidency and the Academy of Scientific Research to discuss its pioneering experience in solving the problems of desert cultivation in arid areas, especially the project of one and a half million acres.
The delegation was headed by Dr. Amr Abdel Hamid Refaat, Professor of Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Matrouh University, Dr. Sana Haroun, Professor of Agriculture at Fayoum University and Executive Director of the "Plant Clinic" project, Dr. Muharram Fouad, Chairman of the Scientific Committee, and Engineer Hazem Zahran, General Manager of the "mk jojoba" company.
Dr. Amr Abdel Hamid Refaat, Professor of Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Matrouh University, said that the delegation’s visit to the jojoba breeding nurseries of the mk jojoba Company was commissioned by the Academy of Scientific Research and the Presidency of the Republic within a plan to discuss all challenges in the cultivation of some arid desert areas such as the Moghra region and the New Valley and to find solutions for them after the company, with its scientific team, has proven its unprecedented merit.
Abdel Hamid Refaat said that the "mk jojoba" provided real and efficient solutions to many of the crises facing farmers in the arid desert areas and high salinity areas, stressing that the cultivation of the jojoba plant is one of the most prominent of these practical solutions with unprecedented economic returns. Egypt has all the components for its success and for obtaining global leadership in this respect.
The dean of the faculty of Agriculture, Matrouh University, explained that this visit also comes within the framework of mk jojoba Company’s interest in the importance of scientific research and signing a protocol with Matrouh University according to which students are practically trained inside the company’s nurseries and the establishment of a farm inside the university to train students on jojoba production to link it directly to research production.
In her part, Dr. Sana Haroun, Professor of Agriculture at Fayoum University and the executive director of the "Plant Clinic" project, said that the pioneering experience of the "mk jojoba" company is related to the plan of the "Plant Clinic" project as a successful and unique experiment that must be considered and generalized in order to serve the integrated agricultural system in Egypt.
The executive director of the "Plant Clinic" project praised the unique expertise and competencies the mk jojoba Company has and the great harmony between workers, researchers and engineers in the work sites which she considered the secret of success that deserves in-depth study of this experience in addition to its meticulous follow-up of scientific methods.