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Follow-up of a trial in the organic farm of Mr. Abdjlil Hamrouni experimental in chorben of the Mahdia Governorate

Wednesday, December 23, 2020: Follow-up of a trial in the organic farm of Mr. Abdjlil Hamrouni experimental 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.

The trial consists on studying the effect of harvest tools   on the organic olives profitability and quality.

Follow-up and supervision realized by the engineers:

- Youssef Amor and Faten Mansour : CTAB.

- Nejib Fkih Hassen : CRDA of Mahdia.

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Contribution of the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture in the elaboration of an “Extension Guide of Organic Agriculture in the Arab World” under the supervision of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development

As part of international cooperation in organic agriculture with the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD), Mr. Khaled SASSI, the General Director of the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB), contributed in collaboration with other arab experts in the elaboration of an “Extension Guide of Organic Agriculture in the Arab World”. This document includes the situation of organic farming in several Arab countries, standards and regulations, control and certification, conversion to organic agriculture and other technical aspects. It is considered as a reference for all arab countries in order to promote organic farming.

To consult this document, you can click on the following link: 

http://www.aoad.org/OrganicFarmInArbReg2020.pdf

 

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Follow-up of a trial in the experimental field of the Agricultural Training Center (CFPA) of Souassi

Wednesday, December 9, 2020: Follow-up of a trial in the experimental field of the Agricultural Training Center (CFPA) of Souassi of the Mahdia Governorate, with the collaboration and cooperation between the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB)  and the Regional Commissariat of Agricultural Development (CRDA) in Mahdia and the Agriculture Training Center in Souassi.

The trial consists on studying the effect of organic fertilization using green manures (fava beans), manure from extensive farming, compost and olive mill wastewater on soil fertility, vegetative growth and production of organic olive tree, compared to the control.
Follow-up and supervision realized by the engineers:

- Youssef Amor, Hanem Grissa and Faten Mansour: CTAB.

- Nejib Fkih Hassen : CRDA.

- Aouatef Elhosni: CFRA.

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Assistance and technical supervision of visits organized at CTAB

Date: Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Visitors: Group of Tunisians and Burkinabe students from the Professional Agricultural Training Sector Center at Chatt Meriem

Subject: Production techniques of organic fruit tree.

Supervision: by general engineer Youssef AMOR .

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Technical visit to the "Domaine Mezghanni"

The Technical Center for Organic Agriculture (CTAB) organized a technical visit on Monday, November 30, 2020 to the "Domaine Mezghanni" located at the Agareb delegation of the Sfax governorate and this for Supervision and technical assistance for the production of organic compost and the monitoring of an experiment on the organic crops of Geranium and Citronella.

Follow-up and supervision realized by the engineers Souguir Salaheddine and Grissa Hanem from the CTAB.

 

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Visit of representatives of the college "Ezzahra" Sousse to the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture (CTAB).

A visit to the CTAB was held on November 30, 2020 by representatives from the college “Ezzahra” Sousse.

During this visit, there was discussion of the possibility of collaboration between the two institutions (Center and college) to install an organic garden in the courtyard of the college. Then there was a visit to the CTAB 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

 

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Practical work sessions at the experimental station of the CTAB

Two practical work sessions took place at the experimental station of the CTAB, on Wednesday November 18 and Thursday November 19, 2020 for the benefit of the third year students of Engineer in horticulture at the Higher Agronomic Institute of Chott Mariam. Through these sessions, the principal engineer Mr. Salaheddine Souguir (head of communication department) provided technical support for the practical work on the cultivation of organic lettuce (replacing failing lettuce) and cucumber (tying). The general engineer Ms. Hanem Grissa (Director of training and studies) also presented in the second session the stages of compost production.

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Supervision and technical assistance visit

Wednesday, November 18, 2020: Supervision and technical assistance visit in the organic farms (Olive trees, citrus, fruit trees and vegetable crops) in Ben Arous Governorate, with the collaboration and cooperation between the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) and the Regional Commissioner of Agricultural Development (CRDA) in Ben Arous.
Follow-up and supervision realized by the engineers:

- Youssef Amor and Fakher Ayed: CTAB.

- Samia Ben Amor : Organic Agriculture Division: CRDA Ben Arous.

 

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The integrated certification Quality, Environmental and Safety "QSE" of the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB)

The CTAB has succeeded in October 2020 to renew the integrated certification "QSE" obtained since February 2013, making it the first public establishment in Tunisia who got this type of certificate which includes certification to the international standard for quality management systems "ISO9001: 2015", the international standard for environmental management systems "ISO14001: 2015" and the international standard for management systems of work health and safety "ISO 45001:2018".

 The integrated certification "QSE" of our center has allowed us to improve continuously, better organized to serve our customers, define our direction and aims, understand and meet the needs seekers of our services, motivate staff, manage our resources and activities as a process, manage our processes as a system for more efficiency in achieving our targets, to have a realistic approach who facilitates decision making to the direction, to improve the analysis of data and information and to have a mutually beneficial relationship with our suppliers.

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Two practical work sessions for the benefit of the third year students of the applied license in horticulture at the Higher Agronomic Institute of Chott Mariam

Two practical work sessions took place at the experimental station of the CTAB, on Wednesday October 21 and Wednesday October 28, 2020 for the benefit of the third year students of the applied license in horticulture at the Higher Agronomic Institute of Chott Mariam. Through these sessions, the principal engineer Mr. Salaheddine Souguir (head of communication department) provided technical support for the practical work on the cultivation of organic caper trees and organic saffron.

Visit of a group of third-year engineer student in horticultural from the Higher agronomic Institute of Chott Mariam

As part of its communication and outreach mission, the CTAB hosted, on October 27, 2020, a group of third-year engineer student in horticultural from the Higher agronomic Institute of Chott Mariam, in order to supervise them during their practical work. Thus, the foundations and principles of organic agriculture were presented and a visit to the composting station was carried out. In this same context, data concerning experiments related to the market of vegetable crops, fruit trees, field crops and aromatic and medicinal plants, as well as, the way of fertilization and protection in organic sector were communicated to students. A discussion concerning technical aspects related to organic crops, the cost of production and marketing methods was done.

A presentation of the project "Knowledge Center of Organic Agriculture in North Africa" also took place, by the responsible engineers who presented the general objectives and the possibilities of young promoters integration into this project.

Supervision: Salaheddine Souguir (head of communication department)

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Jouhaina Riahi, Khaoula Mokrani and Ines Amamou (engineers within the project of "Organic Knowledge Hub in North Africa")​​

 

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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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