Dr Ezz El Din Abu Steet، Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation، stated that his ministry has coordinated with Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources to cultivate 724 thousand acres with rice next year. He added that another 200 thousand acres will be cultivates with new strains of short rice that stand for draught and saline water. This acreage will be irrigates with agriculture waste water. The minister affirmed that experts of his ministry are working on under breeding new high quality strains. He pointed out that Egypt suffers from little acreage of arable land and fresh water. He went on to say that increasing acreage cultivated with rice reduces cost of import.