The Ministries of Agriculture and Oil discussed a mechanism for automating the distribution of fuel to the agricultural sector to deliver agricultural diesel to farmers and issue the electronic card within a specific timetable, to ensure that eligible farmers receive their allocations from the substance in a timely manner. This was in the presence of the Minister of Agriculture, Mohamed Hassan Qatana, and the Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources, Bassam Tohme
The Minister of Agriculture confirmed during the meeting that a clear mechanism was reached to organize the distribution of fuel to the agricultural sector and to provide the necessary facilities for farmers to obtain their needs of agricultural diesel fairly and provide it throughout the year according to the established agricultural plan, agricultural organization and sensory detection, and to solve the difficulties and problems facing distribution operations, pointing out that it will be Granting allowances to farmers through the family card, and those who do not have a family card will be given a card for agricultural diesel.
In turn, the Minister of Oil stressed the importance of automating work to organize the distribution of fuel in this sector according to databases determined by the Ministry of Agriculture, so that farmers can obtain their allocations directly according to text messages and cancel all mediation circles and any cases of corruption in this field, noting that work is continuing to complete the automation process in cooperation With all parties according to a specific timetable.
In a statement to Al-Watan, the Director of Agricultural Economy, Ahmed Diab, confirmed the start of preparing the accurate database in the directorates of agriculture, which is scheduled to be completed at the end of the first quarter of 2023, and to start automating agricultural diesel immediately through family cards that are determined for each of the farmers who deserve this item. With the aim of achieving justice by distributing and securing diesel for those who deserve it at the level of each of the farmers
Regarding the difficulties facing the application of the mechanism, he said: The main difficulties of automating agricultural diesel are the seasonality of agricultural production and its overlap between the years of summer crops with winter crops, which requires technicians, whether in the Ministry of Oil or Agriculture, to be accurate in completing the database and in the distribution periods and quantities in addition to the batch. selected.--
He mentioned that it was recently agreed on the format of the data that is collected through the agricultural directorates in the governorates, which are related to quantities and distribution periods, which will be determined later.-
It is worth mentioning that determining the quantities of fuel that should be allocated to each farmer will be based on the area and the crop that will be cultivated, and the need for this area through the agricultural services provided to it, and most importantly, the distribution ceiling will be according to the need required for agriculture.
It is worth mentioning that the fuel branch in each governorate will match the quantities distributed at the stations that are determined through reports duly signed by the agricultural associations and agricultural departments and certified by the agricultural directorates, and the fuel committee in the governorate gives priority to selling free diesel to the agricultural sector during the months of April and May.
Informed sources in the ministry confirmed to Al-Watan that the needs of the wheat crop from agricultural diesel for the 2022-2023 season amount to about 121 million liters for all stages of production and agricultural operations, from tillage to harvesting and transportation, while the needs of the agricultural sector as a whole are about 460 million liters.
Noting that the Seed Multiplication Corporation issued expectations within its production plan for the 2023 wheat season that production may reach more than 5 thousand tons this season.