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Chipsy launches its biggest agricultur­al programme for potato seed production

Programme helped company locally source 70% of its seeds in 2017

- By Elsayed Solyman

Chipsy for Food Industries announced a significan­t new programme, specialise­d in the local production of potato seeds.

“This comes as a result of Chipsy’s long journey of conducting scientific research and field trials,which saw it being rewarded for its use of innovative and state of the art technologi­es,” the company said in a press release.

Through this programme, Chipsy will be able to provide locally cultivated seeds to the Egyptian market instead of exporting potato seeds from foreign countries.

In 2017, the project helped the company to provide 70% of its seeds from local sources, and thanks to this programme,100% of Chipsy’s potatoes are locally sourced.

“This comes in line with Egypt’s 2030 Vision, seeking to minimise the amount of imported resources, and rely more on locally produced resources, which sums up Chipsy’s approach in this programme. This programme also highlights the importance of the cooperatio­n between the public and private sectors, as both sides share the same goal,” the company added.

Tamer Mosalam, general manager at Chipsy Egypt, stated, “we are very proud of launching this programme, as it will strongly affect the overall Egyptian agricultur­al sector, the consumer, and definitely the economy.”

He also added,“Egypt has an enormous agricultur­al potential that remains uncultivat­ed and barely used.This is why we are very keen to develop the sector as a whole,by providing local seeds with premium quality, able to resist all transporta­tion and weather conditions that could damage the seeds.This reflects the company’s commitment to build and develop the country’s economy and infrastruc­ture.”

“This programme is practicall­y creating shared values for different stakeholde­rs in the Egyptian economy and community, by ensuring a well-establishe­d knowledge transfer system, as well as creating new job opportunit­ies and empowering farmers,” he added.

Several years of research were required in order to inaugurate this project, as scientific research continued for three years, with the help of 17 agricultur­al engineers and 150 of their associates and experts in cultivatin­g potato seeds, in order to create a new generation of enhanced and developed seeds.

The project faced many challenges, such as finding the proper soil,as well as developing new types of seeds that are strong enough to endure all conditions. Chipsy was also able to create more than 4,000 new job opportunit­ies, with 40,000 feddans allocated for producing potatoes.

Through this programme, Chipsy was able to develop workers’ skill sets, with an elaborate knowledge transfer procedure, to enhance the company’s position as a market leader, and one of Egypt’s giants in terms of innovation in the fast-moving consumer goods sector.

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