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The Rural Development Program is dedicated to supporting Egyptian farmers and their families.
The program seeks to help improve the productivity and health of targeted rural communities by providing new agricultural models and farming techniques, veterinary services, and funding for various farming projects.
The program also makes a conscious effort to improve the lives of women in rural communities, offering them opportunities to build their professional capacities and assist them in finding new marketing venues.
The primary objective of the Rural Development Program is to help improve the overall health and productivity of targeted rural communities, enabling all community members to acquire a higher standard of living.
Income generating channels are created.
The Bishopric launched the Rural Development Program to spread awareness about the two most common veterinary diseases in Egypt, Foot and Mouth Disease and Rift Valley Disease. The program educates farmers on the importance of vaccination, protection, and the utilization of their animals. For over a year, the farmers in Al Zaar village vaccinated their animals every four months, which resulted in a decrease in animal deaths, contrary to neighboring villages where there is a lack of veterinary health awareness.
Maize is one of the most practical crops in Egypt. During a field visit from a BLESS staff member to Al Zaar village, they found that the crops were infected by an infestation called Fall Armyworm during peak maize growth season.
The BLESS staff member made field visits in order to
count and identify the infected lands in the villages
of El-Zaar and Bani Khaled. Accordingly, the Rural
development program guided the farmers to use
different kind of pesticides in order to get rid of the
infestation. Consequently, the land productivity was preserved.