The Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation AbdalHalim Ismail Al- Mutaafi has disclosed a new five-year plan for development and improvement of Gezira Scheme including irrigation, administration, finance, provision of agricultural inputs and agricultural research. The minister reviewed in press conference Monday at the Ministry of Agriculture, issues of agriculture in Sudan focusing on Gezira Scheme, saying that the plan also comprised improvement of infrastructure of the scheme and support of the technology-related research and extension, in addition to training.
Mr. Al-Mutafi pointed out that cultivation of the genetically-modified cotton proved successful in all areas where they have been planted, presenting the positive aspects of the crop. He added that their intention grew for cotton due to increasing demand by countries as well as its high prices globally. The Minister of Agriculture declared planting of 1,200 acres of wheat during the winter season where agricultural inputs were provided including pesticides, stressing lack of any problems facing the winter season. Mutaafi