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Farmers get SMS "Blue Line" on Nile Delta

"Mobile technology is helping Egyptian farmers in the Nile Delta region to manage scarce water resources more efficiently. A joint partnership between Ministry of Water Resources, GTZ (now GIZ) and Mobinil, largest mobile operator in Egypt launched a service called „Blue Line‟ to improve communication. This service involves establishing hotline between officials and farmers in the region. It also disseminates messages from officials regarding water supply and allocation to all mobile phones in the region with a „one touch‟ feature, that sends instant messages through a single button click."

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