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Training session on production techniques and processing of organic olives

The Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) participated in the animation of a training session organized by the Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development (CRDA) of Sousse, on production techniques and processing of organic olives for a group of olive farmers on March 09 and 10, 2020 at the Sectoral Center for Professional Agricultural Training in Chatt meriem Sousse.
The trainers are:

Naima Osman: Division of Organic Agriculture at the CRDA of Sousse.

Youssef Amor: General Engineer at the CTAB.

Imed Ben Attia: Chief Engineer at the CTAB.

Meriem Gharsellaoui: Researcher at the Olive Tree Institute.

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Assistance and technical supervision of Farmers group from the Association for the safeguard of the Oasis of Chenini

Assistance and technical supervision of visits organized at the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB).
Date: Thursday , March 05, 2020
Visitors:
Farmers group from the Association for the safeguard of the Oasis of Chenini - Gabes (ASOC) and representatives of the Research and Development Project  “Developing organic soil management technologies to enhance carbon capture, climate adaptability and sustainability of smallholder farms in Tunisia”.
Subject: Presentation of the CTAB activities, production techniques of compost and visit of the different experiences in the center's experimental station.
Supervision: General engineers: Youssef AMOR and Hanem GRISSA.

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In order to host the Organic World Congress 2023 in Tunisia

In order to host the Organic World Congress 2023 in Tunisia, a working meeting was organized on Wednesday 04 March 2020 at the General Directorate of Organic Agriculture, with the supervision of Ms. Samia MAAMER, General Manager of Organic Agriculture, and the presence of representatives from the Technical Centre of Organic Agriculture (CTAB), the Agricultural Investment Promotion Agency (APIA) and other institutions.

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Information day on agricultural valorization of organic wastes from the farm: Composting process by the Tunisian-American project

An information day was organized on agricultural valorization of organic wastes from the farm: Composting process and financed by the Tunisian-American project entitled "Developing organic soil management technologies to enhance carbon capture, climate adaptability, and sustainability of smallholder farms in Tunisia” on Thursday 27 February 2020 in the Arid Regions Institute of Gabes with the participation of more than 60 technicians and farmers. Mr. Khaled Sassi, general manager of the Technical centre of Organic Agriculture, presented the project, its components and its progess. Moreover, Mr. Fakher Ayed, general engineer in the centre, presented the organic agriculture sector in Tunisia. At the end of the day, a practical session on composting process was realized at the composting unit of the Association for the Safeguard of the Oasis of Chenini in Gabes.

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Technical visit

A technical visit were organized by Mr. Fakher AYED, general engineer of the Technical Centre of Organic Agriculture, and Dr. Khaled HIBAR, researcher on plant pathology of the Olive Institute, on Thursday 13 February 2020 on the farm “Segermes” at Zaghouan. The diagnosis of some olive symptoms and the identification of the causative agents are the main objectives of the visit. Phytosanitary measures are recommended to resolve these problems. 

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Working meeting

Representatives from the Technical Centre of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) and the Laboratory of Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Development were participated on working meeting on Friday 31 January 2020 at the centre in order to study the possibilities for collaboration to establish demonstration trials on the effect of biochar on tomato plant growth. Therefore, a partnership agreement between the CTAB and the laboratory will be prepared.

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Visit to the CTAB experimental station

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
Visitors: Group of 1st grade pupils from The Pilot School of Sousse.
Subject: Presentation of the Basics and Principles of Organic Agriculture (visit to the CTAB experimental station).
Supervision: General engineer Faten MANSOUR (Assistant Director of studies).

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Workshop on the preliminary diagnosis of the vulgarization system in agriculture and fishing

Participation of Mr. Youssef AMOR: General Engineer and Director of Experimentation and Communication at the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture in a workshop on the preliminary diagnosis of the vulgarization system in agriculture and fishing carried out by a studies office and organized by the Agency of Agricultural Extension and Training.

Date and place: February 10, 2020: Hotel in Gammart – Tunis.

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Training session was organized on production techniques of organic vegetables crops

As part of the integrated agricultural development project – phaseII- (PDAI-II) of Gabes governorate, and under a partnership agreement between the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) and the Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development of Gabes (CRDA), a training session was organized on production techniques of organic vegetables crops on February 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25 and 26, 2020 respectively in Mereth, Dkhilet Toujen, Matmata Gdima, Matmata Jdida, Elhamma, Metouia and Menzel Lahbib for the benefit of farmers group subscribed in the project.

The training session was moderated by Mrs. Youssef AMOR and Fakher AYED: Generals Engineers in the CTAB.

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The first Arab guide to organic agriculture techniques

For more influence of the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture (CTAB) on the organic agriculture system in the world and in the Arab world, Mr. Khaled Sassi, General Manager of CTAB, participated in several meetings with a team of experts in organic agriculture at the headquarters of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development in the Republic of Sudan from February 2 to 6, 2020, for the edition and the publication of the first Arab guide to organic agriculture techniques.

During this mission, a number of recommendations were presented to encourage organic agriculture in the Arab world, including the need for a sustainable Arab partnership by preparing programs and action plans that support all countries with a harmonious, integrated and complete character.

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Presentation of the Basics and Principles of Organic Agriculture

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020

Visitors: group of 8th grade pupils from Ezzahra Sousse middle school

Subject: Presentation of the Basics and Principles of Organic Agriculture (visit to the CTAB experimental station).

Supervision: by Chief engineer Imed BEN ATIA

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Experiment in organic vegetable crops

Thursday, February 13, 2020: Supervision and technical assistance visit and start of installation of an experiment in organic vegetable crops in the organic farm of Mr. Hichem Bannour (Olive trees, fruit trees and vegetable crops) in chorben of the Mahdia Governorate, with the collaboration and cooperation between the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture and the Regional commissariat of Agricultural Development in Mahdia .
Follow-up and supervision realized by the engineers:

- Youssef Amor: Technical Center for Organic Agriculture.

- Nejib Fkih Hassen and Ahmed Bargougui : Division: Organic Agriculture: CRDA Mahdia.

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International Fair for Organic Products "BIOFACH 2020"

The technical Center of Organic Agriculture participated in the International Fair for Organic Products "BIOFACH 2020", which was organized from 12 to 15 February 2020 in Nuremberg, Germany. This participation aims to radiate more the center at the international level, where it was presented its activities and Tunisian organic products, in addition to keep abreast of developments in organic sector, and thus improve cooperation with various international institutions participating in the fair.

This participation was organized in coordination with Agricultural Investment Promotion Agency and various operators in organic farming sector.

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Assistance and technical supervision of visits organized at CTAB

Assistance and technical supervision of visits organized at CTAB:
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Visitors: Two professors from the University of Angers – France accompanied by a professor from the High Institute of Agronomic Science In Chatt mriem  

Subject: Presentation of the CTAB activities and visit to the center experimental station in order to exchange experiences in organic agriculture.

Supervision: by general engineer Youssef AMOR (Director of experimentation and Communication)

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Assistance and technical supervision of visits organized at CTAB:
Date: wednesday, febrary 05, 2020
Visitors: group of 8th grade pupils from Hammam Sousse middle school
Subject: Presentation of the Basics and Principles of Organic Agriculture (visit to the CTAB experimental station).
Supervision: by general engineer Youssef AMOR (Director of experimentation and Communication)

Training session was organized on Organic animal production and production techniques for aromatic and medicinal plants

As part of the integrated agricultural development project – phaseII- (PDAI-II) of Gabes governorate, and under a partnership agreement between the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) and the Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development of Gabes (CRDA), a training session was organized on Organic animal production and production techniques for aromatic and medicinal plants, on February 03, 04, 05, 06, 10, 11 and 12, 2020 respectively in Mereth, Dkhilet Toujen, Matmata Gdima, Matmata Jdida, Elhamma, Metouia and Menzel Lahbib for the benefit of farmers group subscribed in the project.

The training session was facilitated by Mr. Salaheddine SOUGUIR and Ms Sonia HALOUANI of CTAB.

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Assistance and technical supervision of visits organized at CTAB:

Date: Friday, January 24, 2020

Visitors: group of 8th grade pupils from Ezzahra Sousse middle school

Subject: Presentation of the Basics and Principles of Organic Agriculture (visit to the CTAB experimental station).

Supervision: by engineer Salaheddine SOUGUIR (Head of Communication Service)

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Training session on production techniques of organic olives and fruits trees

As part of the integrated agricultural development project – phaseII- (PDAI-II) of Gabes governorate, and under a partnership agreement between the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) and the Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development of Gabes (CRDA), a training session was organized on production techniques of organic olives and fruits trees on January 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 and 29, 2020 respectively in Mereth, Dkhilet Toujen, Matmata Gdima, Matmata Jdida, Elhamma, Metouia and Menzel Lahbib for the benefit of farmers group subscribed in the project.

The training session was moderated by Mr. Youssef AMOR: General Engineer in the CTAB.

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Press conference organized by the National Union of operators of the Organic Sector "UNObio"

Two engineers from the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) attended a press conference organized by the National Union of operators of the Organic Sector "UNObio" at the National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia (INAT), in January 27th 2020.

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Radio emission about Organic agriculture and its benefits

Participation of Mr. CHEHIDI Hatem chief Engineer, Assistant Director of Training at CTAB in a Radio emission about Organic agriculture and its benefits.

Date & place : 22/01/2020  at Zeitouna Radio Waves with  the journalist Al-Gilani Hamami

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Training session about “Organic compost production”

The Technical Center of Organic Agriculture participated in the organization and animation of a training session about “Organic compost production” in collaboration with the Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development of Gafsa and Orbata Organic Agriculture Group from 15 to 16 Junuary 2020 in Sened for the benefit of members of the group.

Mrs. Hanem Grissa, engineer in the CTAB, presented the techniques of organic compost production. During this training session, a field visit was organized to compost station as part of waste valorisation project funded by the United Nations Development Program.

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Representatives from the Technical Centre of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) and the Regional Commissioner of Agricultural Development (CRDA) of Ben Arous (Organic Agriculture Division of Ben Arous)

Representatives from the Technical Centre of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) and the Regional Commissioner of Agricultural Development (CRDA) of Ben Arous (Organic Agriculture Division of Ben Arous) were participated on working meeting on Tuesday 21 January 2020 at CRDA of Ben Arous in order to study the possibilities for collaboration to establish demonstration trials. Therefore, a partnership agreement between the CTAB and the CRDA of Ben Arous will be prepared.

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Workshop to launch a North African Organic Knowledge Hubs

For more influence and cooperation between the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture (CTAB) and international institutions interested in organic agriculture, Mr. Khaled Sassi (General Manager of CTAB) participated in a workshop to launch a North African Organic Knowledge Hubs at the headquarters of the SEKEM Company in Egypt from January 11 to 15, 2020. Those hubs, funded by the German International Development Agency, cover three countries in North Africa, namely Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt.

During this workshop, an oral communication was presented which focused mainly on the Tunisian experience in the field of organic agriculture (statistics, structuring, regulations, control and certification, subsidies and incentives, ... ) and on the contributions of the CTAB to the development of the organic sector for 20 years. The Tunisian experience represented a model for Morocco and Egypt to develop their organic sector, in particular at the structural and organizational levels.

Finally, a schedule was developed and discussed for the smooth running of this project.

Participation in this workshop was a success on all levels by further introducing the Tunisian experience in organic agriculture and exchanging experiences between countries. This opportunity will also help support the organic farming sector in Tunisia through the commitment of the German International Cooperation Agency for Development to finance this project for the years 2020 and 2021.

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Training day was organized on standards, control and certification in organic agriculture

As part of the integrated agricultural development project – phaseII- (PDAI-II) of Gabes governorate, and under a partnership agreement between the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) and the Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development of Gabes (CRDA), a training day was organized on standards, control and certification in organic agriculture by the C.T.A.B on Thursday, 16 January 2020 in Gabes for the benefit of 25 technical staff of CRDA-Gabes.

The training day was moderated by Mr. Fakher AYED, engineer in the  CTAB, focusing on the following topics:

-National and international standards and regulation in organic agriculture.

-Control and certification system in organic agriculture.

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Restitution and approval workshop

As part of the integrated agricultural development project – phaseII- (PDAI-II) of Gabes governorate, and under a partnership agreement between the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) and the Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development of Gabes (CRDA), a restitution and approval workshop was organized on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 at CRDA of Gabes, with the supervision of Mr. Mr Noureddine El-EZZI Director of PDAI-II Project, and the presence of representatives from CTAB and CRDA Gabes.

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