A seminar on the problems of fishing in Matrouh

The Directorate of Agriculture in Matrouh organized a seminar to assess and address the problems of the fishing sector in Marsa Matrouh.

During the meeting the most important problems related to fishing in the area were presented, as well as of course the problems detected and reported by fishermen.

Ing. Reda Mohammed, head of the General Authority for the development of fishery resources – GAFRD, in addition to providing an overview of the fishing and fishermen situation in Marsa matrouh explained the main laws in force that regulate fishing activity.

Dr. Ashraf El Sadek, national coordinator of the NEMO project, presented the activities carried out under this project to support the activity of the fishing community of Marsa Matrouh and improve their living conditions.

The seminar was attended by representatives of the Agriculture Directorate and some fishermen.


Nature reserves in Matrouh

Egypt has more than 30 nature reserves, covering 15% of the entire territory. These areas conserve and protect not only the natural heritage and biodiversity of the area but also a very important cultural heritage, geological structures and economic resources.

The reserve of El Ghazlan, in the Siwa Oasis, belongs to the Governorate of Matrouh and includes under its protection a wide variety of wild animals and rare and/or endangered species, such as deer and wild rabbits, foxes, wolves and some rare birds. It also contains many medicinal and aromatic plants.

Also in the Governorate of Matrouh is the protected area of Al Ameed. Declared a nature reserve in 1986, the area of Al Ameed protects rare animals, migratory birds, medicinal and aromatic plants, some rare reptiles and insects and important soil formations such as sand dunes.


The military museum of El Alamein

The El Alamein military museum is located in the town of El Alamein, on the road that connects Alexandria to Marsa Matrouh.

It is built inside the Italian Military Shrine and collects a series of objects found in the desert and dating back to the I and II battle of El Alamein.

Outside the building there are several military vehicles used by the armed forces who fought during the two conflicts.

The interior of the building is used for storing weapons, uniforms and any other objects found in the desert.

The military shrine that houses the structure was erected, between 1954 and 1958, in the area occupied by the Italian cemetery and preserves the remains of about 5,200 Italian soldiers.

The shrine and the annexed museum are visited every year by numerous tourists, especially Italians and Germans.


A new project for rangelands  development in Matrouh

The Healthy Ecosystem for Rangeland Development – HERD project, has been launched on 17 March 2019. The project is implementing in collaboration between Egypt and Jordan. The project aims to develop the natural rangelands in the NorthWest coast region in particular “Ras Alhekma and Barrani.

Prof. Dr. Abdullah Zaghloul, Vice-President of the Center for Projects and Research Stations, on behalf of Prof. Naeem Moslehi, Head of the Desert Research Center, inaugurated the activities of the Regional Development of Rangelands Development in Egypt and Jordan – HERD. The meeting was attended by representatives from Desert Research Center, Cedare – Centre for Environment & Development for the Arab Region & Europe  and the International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN, which have significant contributions in the field of environmental conservation and sustainable exploitation of resources.

The meeting was attended by a large number of Matrouh farmers and directors of technical and advisory support units in Barrani, Ras Al Hikma and the professors of the Applied Research Center of Matrouh.


The shooting and tourism festival in Matrouh

The first edition of the shooting and Tourism Festival was held in March in Matrouh, which saw the presence of over 80 competitors involved in shooting competitions, which took place during the event.

Participation medals were presented to all present and the first three winners of the competition were awarded.

Among the youth of the Bedouin tribes, many dedicate themselves to the hobby of hunting, especially of migratory birds that cross the area in September and October.

The aim of the event was to encourage their participation in the scheduled competitions during the event.

The festival was also a way to increase tourism and promote the Matrouh Governorate.


MADAD Association participates in Agri-Business

Ezzeddine Abu Setit, Minister of Agriculture and Reclamation of Egypt, inaugurated the international Agri Business conference and exhibition on Saturday 23 February 2019, which saw over 150 Egyptian companies attend.

The exhibition was an opportunity to meet producers from all regions and market their agricultural products, especially local products that express the nature of the region.

In addition to the exhibition, a series of seminars were organized, with experts and specialists, in the field of agriculture and livestock and poultry farming.

Even the Association MADAD – Association for the agricultural development of the desert participated in the exhibition with its agricultural products such as olives, olive oil, jam and mint and was awarded a plaque as recognition for the quality of its products.

The MADAD Association was established thanks to the NEMO Egypt project, to support Matrouh farmers in marketing their local products.


The “lovers beach” in Matrouh

Al Gharam beach , known as the ” lovers’s beach” is located in the west of Marsa Matrouh and it is considered one of the most famous beaches of the north coast of Egypt. The beach is famous for its natural beauty, its white sand and its crystal clear waters.

The name “beach of lovers” dates back to 1950, the year in which the film of the same name was filmed with the Egyptian actress and singer Laila Mourad, who sang a song sitting on a large rock in the middle of the beach. The rock is known by all as the “rock of Laila Murad”.

Lovers’ beach is also considered one of the most important fishing sites for Matrouh fishermen in summer and winter.


New equipment for the fishermen of Matrouh

As part of the activities implemented by the NEMO Egypt project, new equipment was purchased to support the small coastal fishermen of the Marsa Matrouh community.

The equipment, which will soon be distributed to fishermen, includes different types of nets that can be used for different types of fishing as well as a series of tools and materials that fishermen use to make the fishing nets.

Coastal fishermen, called “barrars” are artisanal fishermen who do not have boats to use for fishing activities. They only use nets for fishing, casting them in the evening and withdrawing them in the morning.

The NEMO program is activated by CIHEAM Bari and supported by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and the General Directorate for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, for the sustainable development of Mediterranean coastal communities.


Wool to promote the craft tradition of Matrouh

The installation of a factory for the production of wool products is the initiative implemented at Marsa Matrouh by the Desert Research Center, to promote the craft tradition of Marsa Matrouh in this sector. The laboratory also aims to promote the involvement of women in the economic activities of the community. In fact, inside the factory, women are employed in production processes, after the appropriate and necessary training courses.

The production process in the laboratory begins with the purchase of the raw material. The following phases involve the washing and drying of wool and the removal of impurities.

Once these processes have been completed, the yarn is produced using the appropriate spinning machines.

The yarns obtained are used to make traditional carpets, made with manual looms.

Carpets and other artefacts, made inside the factory, are on display in the local markets for their marketing and for the promotion of the activity and creativity of the women of Marsa Matrouh. Income from sales makes it possible to guarantee income for working women and the consequent improvement in their economic conditions.

Each single carpet requires the involvement of two workers and about three months for its weaving.


Siwa’s house-museum

The House-Museum of Siwa is located in a traditional house and was built thanks to a grant from the Canadian government to safeguard the architectural heritage and the uniqueness of the oasis. A Canadian diplomat proposed its construction following the damage caused by the rains that destroyed many houses in 1926.

The traditional houses were in fact built with karshif, a salt-impregnated dried mud. Roofs and doors were made using the palm trees very present in the oasis. The logs were used for the construction of the roofs and the fronds for the doors.

Inside the house-museum are collected many objects of everyday life, but also silver jewelry, musical instruments, traditional clothes, ceramics and handmade baskets.