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IKYAD DIJWI, AL-QALYUBIA, EGYPT (RECENT) (REUTERS) HOUSE BUILT ON AGRICULTURAL LAND LAUNDRY HANGING FROM BALCONY OF HOUSE HOUSE SURROUNDED BY TREES AND WEEDS VARIOUS OF DEMOLISHED HOUSE BY DESERT ROAD NILE RIVER / BUILDINGS UNDER CONSTRUCTION BY RIVER VARIOUS OF FISHERMEN ROWING BOAT IN RIVER BUILDING SURROUNDED BY TREES FIELD (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEAD OF IKYAD DIJWI MUNICIPALITY, AYMAN HUSSEIN, SAYING: "Starting January 1, 2018 - the law (amendment to the Agriculture Law) was issued on January 24, 2018 - 42 violations of building on agricultural land (were recorded) across the municipality's four villages and nine manors. 111 demolition decisions (of buildings built on agricultural land) were executed (including) the 42, as well as previous cases from before the law was executed." HUSSEIN SITTING AT DESK IN OFFICE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEAD OF IKYAD DIJWI MUNICIPALITY, AYMAN HUSSEIN, SAYING: "Definitely (building violations) will impact the productivity of agricultural crops. Violations are not just measured on the scale of one municipality, but you measure them (in comparison to) all municipalities across the country. If we have 42 cases of violations here, worth one kirat (175 square metres) each on average, meaning 42 kirats which is nearly two feddans (feddan = 4200 square metres). When you multiply this by the (number of municipalities) across the country, this will add up to thousands of feddans annually." YOUNG MAN RIDING DONKEY-DRAWN CARRIAGE ROAD (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESIDENT OF IKYAD DIJWI VILLAGE, GAMAL ABDEL AZIM EL-SAYED, SAYING: "They live in very cramped conditions, they have no space at home, so they are forced to expand. If they own a filed, they resort to building on it to give their children more space. They don't have money to raise the number of stories in their building, because building is expensive." VARIOUS OF BUILDINGS ON AGRICULTURAL LAND VARIOUS OF FAMILY WORKING IN FIELD (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HOUSE OWNER, MOHAMMED ABD AL-HAMID, SAYING: "Thus far, I have paid fines up to 80,000 Egyptian pounds (nearly $4,450), and my case has still not been cleared. I am still receiving orders for fines, and if I do not pay, the police come and tell me that I have no option but to pay. There was no alternative. They (the government) have collected the value of the land, as if the land belonged to them. It is as if they bought it from me, and then sold it back to me." VARIOUS OF FAMILY ON MOTORBIKE OUTSIDE THEIR HOME BUILDINGS UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN AGRICULTURAL FIELD NILE RIVER SURROUNDED BY AGRICULTURAL FIELDS

Egypt's Poor Bear Brunt Of Crackdown On Farmland Building

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By: Reuters

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