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Participation in a virtual workshop to promote the organic dates derivatives as part of “PAMPAT” Project.

As part of the Project for Market Access of Typical Agro food Products (PAMPAT), the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) represented by Mr. Youssef Amor, Director of experimentation and communication and Mr. Haythem Elouaer, Head of studies, participated on 02/07/2021, in a virtual meeting on the promotion of the organic dates derivatives as part of “PAMPAT” Project. 

Representatives of agricultural structures, operators and stakeholders in the date sector also participated in this event.

This workshop was organized by the Interprofessional Group of Dates (GID) to promote organic date derivatives and define the actions and means 

to be implemented to develop the production and marketing of these products.

Field information day on the transformation and valorization of aromatic and medicinal plants in organic agriculture

As part of the project for the development of organic agriculture in the governorate of Gabes, the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) organized, in collaboration with the Regional Commissioner of Agricultural Development of Gabes (CRDA) a field information day on the transformation and valorization of organic aromatic and medicinal plants, for the benefit of a group of farmers.

During this day an intervention was presented by SOUGUIR Salaheddine (CTAB) then a practical session was animated on the extraction of essential oils from organic aromatic and medicinal plants.

Date & place: June 29, 2021: Agricultural Training Center of Zarkine - Gabes.

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Workshop “Training of Trainers (T.o.T 1) in "Communication Techniques & Leadership" in the Southern region of Tunisia

Within the framework of “Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture in North Africa, KHNA” project, a first session of training of trainers was organized by the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture (CTAB) on June 23 and 24, 2021, at a hotel in Douz in the governorate of Kebili. The workshop was based on Soft Skills and leadership training for the benefit of 31 multipliers, including 13 women, from the South of Tunisia.

The Workshop was an opportunity to gather farmers, responsibles from different agricultural development groups, engineers, technicians and agricultural advisers to:

- Boost their communication and leadership skills to better disseminate knowledge in organic farming.

- Offer them diversified communication tools and different styles of educational facilitation.

- Discuss different topics of micro-interventions proposed by Project Experts.

Trainer : Mr Belgacem Zitouni

National Coordinator of KHNA Project- Tunisia : Mr Khaled Sassi

Organizers and speakers: KHNA members

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Training session on organic beekeeping

A training session on organic beekeeping was organized by the Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development of Sfax in collaboration with the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture and Mraissa Beekeeping Center on June 23 and 24, 2021 at the Olive Tree Institute. Ms. Sonia Halouani and Ms. Sondes Hebali have participated in the animation of This session with the following presentations:

- Organic beekeeping

- Melliferous plants and their effect on beekeeping

- Organic methods of controlling bee diseases and pests

- Processing of organic honey and hive products.

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Inspection visit of the control and certification body to the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture (CTAB)

As part of the continuation of the certification of organic products of the CTAB, there was an unannounced inspection visit by an inspector from the control and certification body contracted with the CTAB at the experimental station on Tuesday June 22, 2021.

Follow-up: Mr. Youssef Amor, Salah Eddine Souguir et Nassim Nouira.

Field information day on the fertilization of the organic pomegranate

As part of the project for the development of organic agriculture in the governorate of Gabes, the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) organized, in collaboration with the Regional Commissioner of Agricultural Development (CRDA) of Gabes a field information day on the fertilization of the organic pomegranate, for the benefit of a farmer’s group.

During this day the following interventions were presented by Mr. Youssef AMOR (CTAB). :

- Production techniques for organic pomegranate trees: Fertilization.

- Development of a fertilization program for an organic pomegranate field: Youssef AMOR: CTAB.

Then there was a field demonstration using compost juice as a fertilizer for organic pomegranates.

Date & place: June 15, 2021: Agricultural Training Center of Zarkine - Gabes

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Follow-up of a field trial on the adaptation of the cultivation of seasonal potatoes in organic mode

Monday, June 14, 2021: Follow-up of a field trial in the organic Farm of the company "Mediterranean Food" in the Governorate of Ben Arouss, with the collaboration and cooperation between the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB), the Regional Commissioner of Agricultural Development (CRDA) of Ben Arous and the Interprofessional Group of Vegetables (GIL).

The trial consists of studying the adaptation of the seasonal potatoes crop for organic farming.

During this day, the harvest of the potato according to the different treatments took place.

Follow-up and supervision realized by the engineers:

- Youssef Amor: CTAB.

- Samia Ben Amor, Lassad Charfi, Kaouther Ibdelli and Narjess Nammouchi: CRDA of Ben Arous.

- Ghaith Bouzaien: GIL.

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Participation of the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) at the International Med Mag Oliva 2021 Exhibition

The CTAB participated in the International Exhibition of Olive, Olive Oil and Olive Tree Derivatives at the Sousse Fair from June 10 to 13, 2021.

The participation took place in a pavilion with an area of 18 square meters, where visitors were welcomed to answer their various questions. During this event, CTAB missions and activities were also presented as well as the project "KHNA, Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture in North Africa ".

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Participation of the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture in the "Ecological Organic Agriculture Leadership Course in Africa - IFOAM"

As part of the “Knowledge Center for Organic Agriculture in Africa, KCOA” project, the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture has participated, in the presence of the General Director, Mr. Khaled Sassi (National Coordinator of the KHNA Project), as a facilitator of the North African group, as well as the engineers Khaoula Mokrani, Jouhaina Riahi and Ines Amamou, in a training course organized by IFOAM and entitled “Ecological Organic Agriculture Leadership Course in Africa, EOALC”. The objective of this course was to strengthen the skills of all participants from Africa in terms of communication, leadership, and advocacy to have in the future the capacity to support and lead the movement of organic and ecological agriculture in Africa.

Organizers : International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), in cooperation with BMZ and GIZ

Date and place : From June 7 to 11, 2021 in Egypt (SEKEM)

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Field training day about compost production

As part of the training and supervision program, a field training day on "the compost production", organized in coordination with the Regional Commissioner of Agricultural Development (CRDA) of Sidi Bouzid for the benefit of organic operators of the governorate of Sidi Bouzid, Thursday June 10, 2021 in the composting station of the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB). Ms. Hanem Grissa, Director of Training and Studies in the CTAB, presented the benefits and techniques of organic compost production and animated a practical session.

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Workshop on the "Campaign work program 2020-2021 for the production of organic vegetable crops"

In order to execute the clauses of the agreement established between the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture (CTAB) and the Interprofessional Group of Vegetables (GIL), the CTAB participated on Friday June 04, 2021 in a workshop on the "Campaign work program 2020-2021 for the production of organic vegetable crops" organized by the GIL in the presence of Ms Hanem Grissa and Ms Faten Ksouri Mansour and in the presence of representatives of the GIL and the General Direction of Organic Agriculture.

Assistance and technical supervision of visits organized at the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB)

A group of farmers and technicians from governorate of Sousse visited the CTAB on June 07, 2021.

During this visit, there was a presentation of the CTAB activities, production techniques in organic vegetables crops and a prospection to the composting unit and  the different trials in the experimental station.

This visit was organized by the Regional Commissioner of Agricultural Development (CRDA) of Sousse.

Supervision: Mr. Youssef AMOR and Ms.  Hanem Grissa.

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Follow-up of a field trial on the adaptation of the cultivation of seasonal potatoes in organic mode

Wednesday, June 02, 2021: Follow-up of a field trial in the organic Farm of the company "Mediterranean Food" in the Governorate of Ben Arouss, with the collaboration and cooperation between the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB), the Regional Commissioner of Agricultural Development (CRDA) of Ben Arous and the Interprofessional Group of Vegetables (GIL).

The trial consists of studying the adaptation of the seasonal potatoes crop for organic farming.

During this day, the fifth and the last application of compost tea was carried out.

Follow-up and supervision realized by the engineers:

- Youssef Amor: CTAB.

- Lassad Charfi: CRDA of Ben Arous.

- Ghaith Bouzaien: GIL.

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Assistance and technical supervision of visits organized at the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB)

A group of young promoters of the Agricultural Training Center (CFPA) of Jemmel governorate of Monastir accompanied by two trainers visited the CTAB on June 01, 2021.

During this visit, there was a presentation of Organic Agriculture in Tunisia and around the world, the CTAB activities, production techniques in organic fruit trees and a visit to the different trials in the experimental station.

Supervision: Youssef AMOR: General engineer and Director of Experimentation and Communication in the CTAB

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Field information day about organic compost production

The Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) participated on Monday May 31, 2021 in the animation of a field information day on " organic compost production", organized by the Regional Commissioner of Agricultural Development (CRDA) of Nabeul, in the region of Borj Hafaiedh from the governorate of Nabeul. Ms. Hanem Grissa, Director of Training and Studies in the CTAB, presented the techniques of organic compost production and animated a practical session.

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Participation in a Workshop on the project: SustInAfrica

The Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) represented by Mr. Haythem Elouer, Head of Technical and economic studies department, participated on 27/05/2021, at Headquarter of CFPA jammel in a Workshop organized by I.O.of sousse.

The program of this workshop focused on a presentation of the project SustInAfrica "Sustainable intensification of food production through resilient agricultural systems in West and North Africa".

This is an EU-funded project that aims to empower smallholder farmers, small and medium-sized enterprises and various governmental and non-governmental organizations in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Niger, Egypt and Tunisia how to effectively scale up food production and deliver ecosystem services in a sustainable and resilient manner. During this workshop, discussions focused on the possibilities of cooperation between the various participants (operators and organizations).

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Participation in the awareness day on the benefits of fruits and vegetables, reduction of food waste and food safety

As part of the celebration of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture had participated on Thursday, May 27th, 2021, presented by the General Director, Mr. Khaled Sassi and the Eng. Dalel Melki, to an awareness day on the benefits of fruits and vegetables, as well as, the reduction of food waste and food safety in Tunis Science City. Mr. Khaled Sassi, presented, also, an intervention on the importance and benefits of organic agriculture.

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Training session on: "Techniques of production of organic vegetable crops"

The Technical Center for Organic Agriculture (CTAB) had animated on 26 and 27 May 2021 a training session on "Techniques of production of organic vegetable crops" at the Sectorial Center for Training in Machinery Agricultural to technicians and farmers in the governorate of Zaghouan. This training session was organized by the Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development of Zaghouan (CRDA) in collaboration with the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture (CTAB).

During the first day, there was the presentation of the following interventions:

- Basics, Principles and Techniques of organic vegetable crop production (Mr Youssef Amor, CTAB),

- Fertilization of organic vegetable crops (Mr Youssef Amor, CTAB),

- Biological control against the main diseases of vegetable crops (Mrs Haifa Kheireddine, Regional Center for Research in Horticulture and Organic Agriculture CRRHAB),

- Biological control against the main pests of vegetable crops (Mr Ikbal Chaieb, CRHHAB),

- Marketing of organic vegetables products (Ms. Faten Ksouri Mansour, CTAB).

On the second day, there was a visit to an organic farm "Tunisia Natura" located in the delegation of Fahs. During this visit, discussions were done between the owner of the farm and the participants. These discussions focused mainly on the problems encountered when cultivating market gardening, mainly the lack of labor and the limitation of the water factor. Recommendations were subsequently drawn on the use of organic seeds, fertilization and maintenance of crops.

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Workshop “Training of Trainers (ToT 1) in "Communication Techniques& Leadership" in the Central region of Tunisia

Within the framework of “Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture in North Africa, KHNA” project, a first session of training of trainers was organized by the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture (CTAB) on May 25 and 26, 2021, at a hotel in Sousse. The workshop was based on Soft Skills and leadership training for the benefit of 39 multipliers, including 19 women, from the Center region.

The Workshop was an opportunity to gatherkey-actors, researchers, engineers, entrepreneurs, technicians andagricultural advisers to:

- Boost their communication and leadership skills to better disseminate knowledge in organic farming.

- Offer them diversified communication tools and different styles of educational facilitation.

- Discuss different topics of micro-interventions proposed by Project Experts.

Trainer : M. Belgacem Zitouni

NationalCoordinatorof KHNA Project- Tunisia : M. Khaled Sassi

Organizers and speakers: KHNA members

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