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The Arab Republic of Egypt is located in the north-eastern corner of
Africa and south-western
Asia. It is bounded on the north by the
Mediterranean Sea, on the east by Israel and the
Red Sea, on the south by Sudan, and on the west by Libya. The country is about 1,085 km from north to south and about 1,255 km from east to west. It has a total area of 1,001,450 km2.
Little rain falls in Egypt, and more than 90 percent of the country is desert. The
Desert , also called the
Libyan Desert, is part of the
Sahara desert that stretches across northern
Africa. It covers about two-thirds of 's total area. The
Arabian Desert, to the east of the
Nile is also part of the
Sinai Peninsula is a desert area that lies east of the
Suez Canal and the
Gulf of Suez. Egypt's highest point, Jabal Katrinah (2,637 m) is located in the southern Sinai. In the extreme south, along the border with Sudan, is the
Nubian Desert .
The climate of Egypt is characterised by scorching summers from May to October and a cool season from November to April. In the coastal region average annual temperatures range from a maximum of 37°C to a minimum of 14°C. Wide variations of temperature occur in the deserts, ranging from a maximum of 46°C during daylight hours to a minimum of 6°C after sunset. During the winter months desert temperatures often drop to freezing. The most humid area is along the Mediterranean coast, where the average annual rainfall is about 200 mm. Precipitation decreases rapidly to the south.
Cairo averages only about 29 mm of rain a year, and in many desert locations it may not rain at all for several years.
Egypt harbours important
Desert Locust breeding areas in the south of the country bordering Sudan. In particular in the area of Shalateen, Abu Ramad and Halaib at the
Red Sea coast during the winter season and around
Nasser and the area of Sharq Al-Oweinat during the summer season. The size of the potential breeding areas during the w inter season is estimated to 49,000 km2 and in the summer season of 5,000 km2.
Locust control in Egypt is managed by the General Department for Locusts and Agro-Aviation Affairs (GDLAAA) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation in
Cairo . The Department is headed by a General Director, who supervises 13 main bases, the attached 52 sub-bases, all of which are fully furnished and equipped with vehicles and control material. In total 32 Senior Officers and around 1,100 technicians and assistant staff are working under the GDLAAA. The Locust Information Office at the HQ of the GDLAAA is equipped with a modern data management system, Reconnaissance and Management System of the Environment of Schistocerca (RAMSES).
Main Structure of the General Department for Locusts Control and Agricultural Aviation Affairs in Egypt
Aswan , Quena, New Valley, Matrouh, Borg El-Arab, Ismaelia,
Suez , Safaga, Al-Arish, Al-Tur, Assuit, Mansura,
Liaison Officer in Egypt:
Mr. Ragab Mahmoud Bakri
General Department for Locusts and
Ministry of Agriculture & Land Reclamation
Tel.: 0020-2-37612183 (direct), 0020-2-37488974