Egypt - Agriculture and the Country Life

Rural life in Egypt appears idyllic

In Lower Egypt (more northern, lower down the River Nile), near Cairo, the agriculture centres on cultivating date palms and growing 63 varieties of dates:

Not far away fabulous temples, tombs and pyramids are never far away

In Upper Egypt near Luxor and Lower Egypt near Cairo there is a very stark contrast between the Nile valley with fields irrigated from the river and canals leading from the River Nile and the higher ground, just a few feet higher. The whole of the country's agriculture happens in the 10km or so width between the desert hills on each side.

The Nile in Upper Egypt at Luxor

Life along the irrigation canals

Street scenes in Rural Egypt

As the population increases and spreads into the countryside, date palm groves are being despoiled and turned into rubbish dumps, particularly near Memphis. Photos are available.
Many villages are well managed, however, and the apparent rubbish in the right hand photo below is simply discarded sugar cane and detritus from the animal enclosures behind next to the houses -

If the webmaster and his eldest son were to be reincarnated, we would like to come back as Egyptian Sugar Cane farmers:

The sun shines, the Nile water irrigates, the crops grow, the families sow and they reap

And the railway takes the crop away . . .

What could be more idyllic than a life among one's animals wandering free?

These photos were taken mainly using a Fuji Finepix S602 camera often from a vehicle moving at 50mph. Photos Copyright David Pinnegar 2006

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