Arab Manufacturing is discussing with the Ministry of Environment and the New Valley Governorate the establishment of the first factory for recycling palm waste

18/01/2021


Lieutenant General Abdel Moneim El-Terras, head of the Arab Organization for Industrialization, and Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, discussed with Major General Mohamed Al-Zamalout, Governor of the New Valley, strengthening cooperation in a number of different industry fields and environmental protection projects through video conference technology. The discussions dealt with the partnership between the environment and the Arab industrialization and the New Valley Governorate to establish the first specialized factory for recycling palm waste in the New Valley, and the results of the success of the practical experience of manufacturing MDF panels from palm fronds were studied, as one of the German companies specialized in wood processing technology was assigned to implement it. On a quantity of palm waste (palm fronds), it was sent from the New Valley Governorate, and the results of manufacturing and tests have emerged indicating the success of manufacturing MDF with high quality palm fronds. In this regard, Dr. Yasmine Fouad emphasized that the environment is receiving the attention of the political leadership and has become a national priority, pointing to the Ministry of Environment’s keenness to support all the efforts currently underway between the New Valley Governorate and the Arab Organization for Industrialization to make use of palm leaves and waste to produce MDF wood. Fouad explained that this cooperation comes within the framework of close cooperation between Arab Industries for Industrialization and the Ministry of Environment to benefit from agricultural waste in the manufacture of value-added materials that take advantage of local raw materials and solve environmental problems. The Minister of Environment added that the establishment of a factory that produces wood from palm leaves will contribute to reducing environmental pollution, as it uses local waste materials that will be manufactured with a profitable return for the farmer and the factory. For his part, the "Terrace" stressed the importance of implementing the directives of President "Abdel Fattah El-Sisi" regarding achieving maximum benefit from palm products and waste, especially in light of the expected expansions in date palm cultivation in the New Valley Governorate. The "Terrace" praised the cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and the New Valley Governorate for establishing and settling an integrated industrial and agricultural project in accordance with international quality standards, and making maximum use of palm products and waste. The head of the Arab Company for Industrialization also indicated that it was agreed to establish a factory for MDF wood panels from palm waste in Kharga city in the New Valley Governorate with a capacity of 60 thousand cubic meters annually, adding that the project achieves great economic feasibility to meet the needs of the local market of MDF wood, in addition to the environmental benefits to benefit And safe disposal of palm residues. Al-Trash explained that the production of the factory helps reduce the import of compressed wood from abroad, as the bill for importing MDF wood is currently about $ 200 million annually, while 400 thousand cubic meters of MDF wood are purchased to meet the needs of the local market. For his part, Al-Zamalout stressed the importance of cooperation and partnership with the Ministry of Environment and the Arab World for industrialization in the field of palm chopping projects and establishing a factory for the production of MDF wood, indicating that the number of palms in the New Valley Governorate is about 2.43 million palm trees, and another 2 million palm trees are being cultivated according to the directives of President Abdel Fattah Sisi. " He pointed out that palm residues constitute a great burden on the owners of farms and the state, and they are disposed of by burning or landfilling, which has negative effects on the environment and risks and disasters resulting from fires, explaining that we aim to take advantage of palm leaves to produce panels of compressed wood that are used in the production of various wood products. This industry depends entirely on locally produced raw materials.