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Visit of representatives of the Association "Irada for Development Ksar Gafsa", to the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB).

A visit to the CTAB was held on  October 1st, 2020 by two representatives from the Association "Irada for Development Ksar Gafsa".

During this visit, the representatives of the Association introduced their objectives and discussed the possibility of cooperation with the CTAB in order to install a pilot farm for organic farming in the Oasis of Gafsa. The visit was supervised by Mr. Khaled Sassi, General Director of the CTAB, Mr. Youssef Omar, General Engineer and Director of Experments and Communication of the Center and Ms. Faten Mansour; General Engineer and Assistant Director of Studies of the Center.

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Field visit to the farm of Mr. Omar Al-Mizghani, in Agareb (Governorate of Sfax) concerning the production of organic compost

A field visit took place on Thursday, October 01st, 2020, at the farm of Mr. Omar Al-Mizghani in Agareb (Governorate of Sfax). During this visit, Ms. Hanem Grisssa, General Engineer and Director of Training and Studies at the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture, provided technical assistance and supervision for the production of organic compost. In addition, technical and economic data was collected to determine the cost of producing organic compost.

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A field visit to the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) to present the project “Protection and Rehabilitation of Degraded Soils in Tunisia” (Prosol).

Date: Friday September 25, 2020.
Visitors: Representatives from the General directorate for Planning and Conservation of agricultural lands (DGACTA) and experts from the German General Agency for Technical Cooperation (GIZ) of the project “Protection and Rehabilitation of Degraded Soils in Tunisia” (Prosol).
  Subject: Presentation of Organic Agriculture sector in Tunisia and in the World, Definition of CTAB activities, Discussions about the most potential contributions that can be afforded by CTAB to the project “Prosol” and visit of the experimental station.

Supervision :

-Mr. Khaled Sassi, General Manager of the CTAB

-Mr. Youssef Amor, General engineer and Director of Experimentation and Communication in the CTAB

 -Ms. Faten Mansour, General engineer and Assistant Director of Studies in the CTAB

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Participation of the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture of Chott Maryam (CTAB) in the National Forum of Field Crops 2019-2020

As one of the structures involved in the field crops sector, the CTAB participated in the National Forum for the evaluation of the field crop season 2019-2020, which was organized by the National Institute of Field Crops on September 22 and 23, 2020 at the El Mouradi Hotel in Gammarth, represented by the Chief Engineer, Mr. Hatem Chehidi: Assistant Director of training at the "CTAB".

During the first day of the forum, the discussions focused on the evaluation of the agricultural season taking into account the exceptional climatic and epidemiological conditions. Thus, certain figures were presented concerning areas, yields and the general situation of field crops in the different production zones in terms of fertilization, irrigation, techniques of production, lack of supervision and monotoring, availability of pure seeds and appropriate varieties depending on the production region. The second day was devoted to workshops and focus groups, the themes proposed were cereals, legumes, fodder and industrial crops.

 

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Participation of the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture in a Webinar about the situation of organic agriculture in Tunisia in the framework of the project "Organic Ecosystem"

As part of the activities of the Organic Ecosystem project, the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) participated in a webinar which was organized by the Tunisian Farmers' Union (SYNAGRI) about : The organic agriculture sector « Actual situation and Perspectives », on September 22, 2020.

In this virtual event, many representatives from the organic sector have participated and have enriched the discussions with important informations. They were mainly :

Representatives of development institutions and support services including the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) ;

Private sector representatives ;

-Farmers' representatives ;

Civil society representatives.

Contribution on the animation of a course training titled «Organic poultry farming»

Contribution on the animation of a course training titled «Organic poultry farming» in coordination
with the Organic Agriculture Department of the Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development
(CRDA) in Bizerte.

Date & place : September 23, 2020 at the beekeeping unit of Sejnane.

Coach : Mss Sonia Halouani, Chief Engineer in the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB)

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Participation in a workshop for the establishment of a pilot project of organic beekeeping

Participation in a workshop for the establishment of a pilot project of organic beekeeping in Sejnane.

Date and place : September 21, 2020 at the Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development in Bizerte.

Participants : - Mr. Khaled Sassi, General Manager of the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB)

                      - Mss Sonia Halouani, Chief Engineer in the CTAB

International workshop on the Training of Teams of Trainers (ToToT) in Organic Agriculture

As part of the project "Northern Africa Organic Knowledge Hub", the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) organized an international Workshop, from 06 to 10th September 2020, on Training of Teams of Trainers with the different project partners from Egypt and Morocco. The session was moderated by the General Manager of the CTAB Mr. Khaled Sassi and by Mr. Konrad Hauptfleisch, international expert representing the SFD and a group of national experts in the organic sector in Tunisia. The hired engineers within this project have also participated in this workshop.

Discussions with partners took place on an electronic platform to determine the selection criterias of rural service providers (RSPs), the micro-intervention subjects and locations (Demo plots, etc.) as well as the different methodologies of communication and dissemination of knowledge in organic agriculture. In the sense of sharing and strengthening cultural exchanges, an excursion took place in the governorate of Monastir on September 09, 2020.

To end up the training session, a global approach of the project action plan was designed in each country and discussed with the different partners in the aim of creating innovative networking structures for the identification and the integration of PSRs.

 

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International workshop on organic agriculture

As part of the project "Northern Africa Organic Knowledge Hub", the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) organized an international Workshop, from 01 to 04 September 2020, on the experiences exchange in organic agriculture with project partners from Egypt and Morocco . The session was moderated by the General Manager of the CTAB  Mr. Khaled Sassi and by Mr. Konrad Hauptfleisch, international expert from SFD and a national group of experts in the organic field. Recruited engineers within this project and members of technical and administrative staff of the center have also participated in this workshop. Discussions with partners took place on an electronic platform, mainly on the state of the organic agriculture sector in each country, the way of working within the project, the tasks of each party, etc.

The workshop also included, firstly, a visit to the Regional Commissioner of Agricultural Development in Zaghouan where the General Director welcomed the participating delegation. Thus, the chief of the organic farming division and the chief of the agricultural production extension and promotion division presented an overview of the current state and prospects of the organic sector in the said governorate. Secondly, a field visit took place to Mr. Sami Haidar's organic field “Dedia Ranch”. During which, the project components were identified and the investment conditions in the field of agroecological tourism were discussed. This excursion took place on September 03, 2020.

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Set up of the fertilization experiment for organic saffron cultivation

As part of the promotion of research results and for more supervision of organic farmers, a technical visit was carried out on August 26, 2020 to the organic farm “Zaafrania” located in the Governorate of Ariana and more precisely in the delegate of Sidi Thabet to set up the fertilization experiment for organic saffron cultivation.

In this context, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) and the farmer the same day of the tea compost application on the saffron cultivation according to the experimental protocol. Recommandations were addressed to the farmer in order to be able to follow the technico-economic aspects and to look for marketing needs of the organic Saffron in the national or international level and to mention on the website of CTAB the available quantities in the organic market.

 

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

Date: Friday August 14, 2020.
Visitors: Farmers group of protected crops from the governorate of Kébelli in collaboration with the Technical Center of Protected and Geothermal Crops.
Subject: Presentation of Organic Agriculture in Tunisia and around the World, CTAB activities and visit of the different experiences in the center's experimental station.

Supervision: Youssef AMOR: General engineer at CTAB

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Supervision and technical assistance visit and Follow-up of an experiment in organic vegetable crops

Tuesday, July 28, 2020: Supervision and technical assistance visit and Follow-up 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.
Follow-up and supervision realized by general engineers: Youssef Amor and Faten Mansour.

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Information day on “The role of professional structures in the development of organic agriculture”.

An information day, on the role of professional structures in the development of organic agriculture, was organized by the Division of Organic Agriculture in the Regional Commissariat for Agricultural Development of Sousse on Wednesday 22 July 2020 at the Agricultural Training Center of Chott-Mariem. The Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) was participated with oral communication on “The importance of group certification in organic agriculture” presented by Mr. Fakher Ayed, and an other communication on “The economic profitability of organic honey production” presented by Ms. Faten Mansour.

 

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Pest control in organic pomegranate 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 field day on the pest control in organic pomegranate trees was organized on Tuesday 28 July 2020 at the Agricultural Training Center of Zarkine (CFPA) with the participation of farmers subscribed in the project. Three oral communications were presented by engineers from the CRDA of Gabes, the company “ControlMed” and the CTAB. A practical session on Trichogramma release techniques and management of carob moth was realized at the organic pomegranate pilot plot of CFPA of Zarkine.

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Supervision and technical assistance visit and follow-up of an experience in the Mezghanni field in Sfax

Thursday, July 16, 2020: Supervision and technical assistance visit and installation of an experiment in organic aromatic and medicinal plants in the farm of Mr. Omar Mezghanni in Agareb (Sfax Governorate). During this visit, the technico-economic data were also collected in order to determine the production cost of existing crops and to study the economic feasibility.

Follow-up and supervision realized by the engineers:

- Souguir Salaheddine and Faten Mansour

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Animation of two training session about “compost production”

As part of “Sustainable agriculture and rural development Project”, the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture participated in collaboration with “TPAD” Office in the organization and animation of two training session about “compost production” from 01 to 02 July 2020 and from 08 to 09 July 2020 in Sousse for the benefit of agricultural advisers and trainers.

These training was animated by Mrs. Hanem Grissa, Director of Training and Studies, by presentations and practical session about different technical aspects of compost production.

Technical assistance was provided for the benefit of participants from 21 to 23 July 2020  in Hajeb Layoun at Kairouan.

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture (CTAB)

On Thursday 09 July 2020, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture (CTAB) met at the headquarters of the center under the supervision of the Director General of CTAB and in the presence of technicians from the center and representatives of various research, development and professional structures in order to evaluate the activities relating to applied research for the year 2019 and to program the activities for the year 2021. At this meeting, there was also the approval of three technical brochures on organic animal production.

 

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Workshop relating to the phase2 results of the CTAB action program for the promotion of organic agriculture in Gabes governorate as part of the PDAI-II projet.

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 workshop was organized on Tuesday, 14 July 2020 at CRDA of Gabes, in order to present the results relating to phase 2 of the CTAB action program for the benefit of a farmers target group belonging to the PDAI-II projet intervention areas. This workshop was supervised by Mr. El-Bachir DADI, General Manager of the CRDA-Gabes, with the presence of representatives from CTAB and CRDA Gabes.

A training certificates were also distributed to the benefit of 80 farmers following the organization by the CTAB of three training session on organic agriculture during the 2nd phase of partnership agreement.

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Field visit for a group of 2nd year BTP students from the Sectoral Institute for Professional Training in the citrus and grape cultivation of Bouchrik

As part of the centre's work program on communication, a group of 2nd year BTP students from the Sectoral Institute for Professional Training in the citrus and grape cultivation of Bouchrik, were supervised during their field visit in the center.

A presentation of the basics and principles of organic farming in the experimental station was made, then a visit to the composting station. The students also received some informations on experiences related to the vegetable sector, fruit trees, field crops, medicinal and aromatic plants, as well as methods of fertilization and protection of organic crops.

The various questions from the participants were answered. These questions focused on certain technical aspects related to organic farming and organic animal production, the cost of the product and marketing methods.

Supervision: SOUGUIR Salaheddine - Chief of Communication Service

 

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Field visit in a biological domain

Subject: Field visit in a biological domain.

Follow-up: Engineers: Hanem Grissa, Faten Mansour and Salaheddine Souguir.

As part of the supervision and technical assistance of organic farmers, a technical visit to the organic farm "Zaafrania" in the Sidi Thabet region was carried out on Friday, June 26, 2020, to assess the experience of producing organic saffron and recovering organic residues and waste to produce compost.

During this field visit, an overview was given on the importance and the advantages of using compost and the different techniques of its.

The possibility of signing a collaboration agreement between the farmer and the center was suggested. It was also agreed to undertake an economic and technical study for the organic saffron.

Restitution 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 workshop was organized on Thursday, 25 June 2020 at CRDA of Gabes, in order to approve the results relating to phase 2 of the CTAB action program for the promotion of organic agriculture. This workshop was supervised by Mr. Noureddine El-EZZI Director of PDAI-II Project, with the presence of representatives from CTAB and CRDA Gabes.

 

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E-conference

Participation by an e-conference about « Tunisian experience in Organic Agriculture and contribution of Technical Center of Organic Agriculture during 20 years » in a symposium « Importance of Developping Organic Agriculture in Algeria » organized by the National Union of Agricultural Engineers.

Date & place : June 18, 2020 / CISCO webex meetings meetings, number 1633636890

Mr. Chehidi Hatem chief Engineer, Assistant Director of Training at Technical Center of Organic Agriculture.

 

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Supervision and technical assistance visit and Follow-up of an experiment in organic vegetable crops

Wednesday, June 17, 2020: Supervision and technical assistance visit and Follow-up 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 (CTAB) and the Regional Commissioner of Agricultural Development (CRDA) in Mahdia .
Follow-up and supervision realized by the engineers:

- Youssef Amor and Faten Mansour: CTAB.

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

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Training session on “Organic Agriculture”

The Technical Center of Organic Agriculture animated a training session on “Organic Agriculture” for a young promoters, during the period from 16 to 18 June 2020, at the Agricultural Professional Training Center in Souassi - Mahdia
The trainers are the engineers: Youssef Amor, Hanem Grissa and Fakher Ayed.

Working meeting

Participation in the working meeting to discuss the subject : « How farmers to support the farmer during conversion to organic agriculture »

Date & place  : June 11, 2020 at SYNAGRI headquarters

Mr. Chehidi Hatem chief Engineer, Assistant Director of Training at CTAB

 

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