Several farmers in the Nile Valley region believe that the high temperatures caused by climate change could be turned into an opportunity and a blessing for a number of agricultural crops.
Upper Egypt has seen how, each year, the temperature rises more than the previous one. This is negatively affecting many sectors in the country, especially the agricultural sector, as it decreases the productivity of many crops, as well as the quality of other crops.
But recently, locals have come up with methods to "exploit" these high temperatures that their areas are so known for, like drying their tomato harvest. This has brought them great agricultural, economic, and social benefits.
The governorates of Luxor or Aswan nowadays, especially during the winter months, reveal vast areas covered in red tomatoes. There, this rich fruit that some now call "red gold" is cut, salted, and laid out in an organized and neat manner, either on areas designated for them on the ground or on wooden and iron structures designed specifically for the drying process.
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