Dr. Khaled Al Anani, Minister of Antiquities, and Dr. Ezzedine Abuset, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, toured the Agricultural Museum in Dokki, on Sunday, accompanied by Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Professor Elham Salah, Head of Museums Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities and Dr. Jehan Al Manofi, Agriculture and Engineer Mahmoud Atta supervisor of museums and exhibitions at the Ministry of Agriculture.
Dr. Khaled Al Anani, Minister of Antiquities, said that this tour comes within the framework of cooperation between the Ministries of Antiquities and Agriculture to select some of the archaeological artifacts in the Agricultural Museum for presentation in the scenario of the museum exhibition of the Egyptian National Museum of Civilization, which is scheduled to open three halls in mid-2019. He stressed d. Annani that the presentation of these pieces in the Museum of Civilization is the best ambassador and publicity for the Agricultural Museum and will be open after the completion of the development work.
The Minister of Antiquities added that the Ministry of Agriculture is exerting great efforts to improve the efficiency of the museum and that it was agreed to cooperate in the presentation of the museum’s holdings and registration in accordance with the Antiquities Law. In addition to holding training courses for the museum staff. Al-Anani pointed to the importance of raising the efficiency of the gardens and making good use of them and providing services to visitors through a specialized company under the supervision and control of the Ministry of Agriculture until financial resources are made available for the development of the museum.
He added that foreign ambassadors in Cairo and international news agencies would be invited to spend a day at the Dokki Agricultural Museum in preparation for its opening.
For his part, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Dr. Azz El Deen Abuset said that the visit of the Minister of Antiquities to the Agricultural Museum comes within the framework of cooperation between the two ministries to make good use of the museum and put it on the map of foreign and domestic tourism. He added that the current developments in the museum aim to return to its cultural, To promote agricultural awareness as a world tourist attraction, so that citizens and tourists can know about the history, development and development of Egyptian agriculture as the second most important museum in agriculture worldwide after the Agricultural Museum in Budapest, Hungary.
Abustit pointed out that the museum is a true document of Egypt’s agricultural memory and a window that all generations are looking for in Egypt’s agricultural civilization. It includes eight museums that were built on 30 acres in 1930 and displays the history of agriculture since prehistoric times. Egyptian agriculture, as well as a complete agricultural archaeological collection, in addition to it includes performances that make it a museum of art of natural history.
The Minister of Agriculture praised the development and restoration processes currently being carried out by the Arab Organization for Industrialization in the museum. He pointed out that the Ministry of Antiquities will coordinate with the Ministry of Antiquities to develop its presentation methods to contribute to the promotion of the museum. And raise agricultural awareness to maximize the benefits of researchers, university students and schoolchildren.
It is worth mentioning that the Agricultural Museum includes 10 important buildings: Heritage Museum, Cotton Museum, Greek Museum of Agriculture, Museum of Scientific Collections, Museum of Plant Collections, Museum of Ancient Egyptian Agriculture, Syrian Museum of the Foyer, It includes the Royal Film Hall and the Cultural Library, which contains the book Describing Egypt.
It also includes thousands of exhibits and collections, all of which provide a historical reading of agriculture and its development in Egypt since the age of the pharaohs, as well as rare plants, and models of historical agricultural machines such as macaroni or grain milling machine, dating back several thousand years, Which document the development of agricultural methods of the Egyptian farmer and the forms of rural life throughout history.