Algerian agricultural strategy sets out to cultivate the desert

As part of its agricultural strategy, Algeria has worked hard to cultivate the desert. Hundreds of thousand hectares of land are now economically active in the Algerian Sahara. In just a few decades, the sand dunes have given way to new vegetable gardening plots. This has made the region of El Oued into one of the country's main producers of vegetables.

One potato farmer said: "This is a way for us to encourage economic activity and develop agriculture in the El Oued region. Our ambition is to export our production abroad.”

The Algerian desert would remain dry and idle without the use of irrigation tech. State-of-the-art sprinklers draw water from the water table to hydrate the land.

Dates are a huge industry in Algeria. The date palm is often planted just above the water table, in divets dug between the dunes. The dates are then harvested by hand. Modern technology is also used for harvesting. According to agricultural engineer Dalia Djaboub, new Machines allow the estate to process up to 80 trees per day.



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