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Organization of a Training of Trainers session (ToT 2) on "The Techniques of Productions in Organic Agriculture"

As part of the project “Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture in North Africa, KHNA”, the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture organized on November 10 and 11, 2021, in Sousse, a training session on "Techniques of Organic Agriculture Productions" for the benefit of 28 multipliers, including 17 women, from the Tunisian Center region.

In this context, four communications were presented by the project experts, entitled:

- "The Basics & Principles of Organic Agriculture"

- "Organic conversion, Seeds & Plants"

- "Fertilization & Protection of crops in Organic Agriculture"

- "Organic Livestock Production"

National Project Coordinator: Mr. Khaled Sassi

Experts: Mr Mohamed Ben Kheder, Ms. Bouthaina Dridi, Mr Ibrahim El-Akrem Znaïdi

Organizers and speakers: KHNA members.

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Follow-up of a field trial on the adaptation of the post-season potatoes on organic farming

Monday, November 08th , 2021: Mr. Youssef AMOR, general engineer, participated in a follow-op of a field trial on the adaptation of the post-season potatoes on organic farming in Mr. Habib Helal farm in Hdadra-Jemmel (governorate of Monastir) with the collaboration and cooperation between the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB), the Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development (CRDA) of Monastir, the Agricultural Training Center (CFPA) of Jemmel and the Territorial Extension Unit (CTV) of Jemmel and in the presence of a farmer’s group from the region.

During this day, the first application of the compost tea, on the crop, was carried out.

 

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Organization of the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture of a virtual informative session on Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS)

As part of the Ecological and Organic Agriculture Leadership Course in Africa EOALC II, organized by IFOAM, the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture organized, in collaboration with the Tunisian Permaculture Association, a virtual informative session on Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS).

This session was also designed to introduce the notion of PGS to multipliers involved in the Project "Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture in North Africa, KHNA".

Date: November 03, 2021.

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Participation in the 13th edition of the Arab Beekeepers Union’s Congress

The Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) represented by Ms. Sonia Halouani, general engineer and responsible of organic livestock production sector, participated in the 13th edition of the Arab Beekeepers Union’s Congress which was organized on the sidelines of the International Salon of Agriculture, Agricultural Machinery and Fishing by a presentation on the organic beekeeping standards on October 29, 2021 at the Kram exhibition center.

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Participation of the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture in the International Exhibition of Agriculture, Agricultural Machinery and Fisheries "SIAMAP 2021"

The Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) participated in the International Exhibition of Agriculture, Agricultural Machinery and Fisheries "SIAMAP" at its fifteenth session at the headquarters of the Kram Exhibition Center, from October 26 to 31, 2021.

The participation took place in a pavilion with an area of ​​12 m2, where visitors were welcomed to answer their various questions, also presenting them, on the one hand, the missions and activities of the Technical Center of the Organic Agriculture, and the "Knowledge Center of Organic Agriculture in North Africa - KHNA" project, on the other hand..

As part of the scientific program of the fair, the CTAB participated on October 28, 2021, with the following presentations:

- “The Role of the Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture in North Africa (KHNA) in the Promotion of the Organic Agriculture Sector in Tunisia” presented by Khaoula Mokrani, Jouhaina Riahi, and Ines Amamou.

- “The marketing of organic products” presented by Mrs. Faten Ksouri Mansour.

Some engineers have also participated in several other scientific conferences and in some radio interventions.

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Supervision of a Visit

As part of its communication and outreach mission, the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) hosted, on October 21, 2021, a group of students from the 2nd engineer level in agricultural production from the Higher School of Agriculture of Mograne. During this visit a presentation on the basics and principles of organic agriculture was given. The visit also focused on experiments related to the vegetable sector, fruit trees, field crops and aromatic and medicinal plants, fertilization and protection in organic agriculture.

Supervision: Salaheddine Souguir (Head of Communication Department)

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Organization of the « F2F Event Workshop - Tunisia”

As part of the Project “Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture in North Africa”, the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture (CTAB) organized an international workshop spanning a period of four days where the various partners of the project, from Germany, Egypt and Morocco, were present.

This internal mid-term evaluation workshop was an opportunity to bring together all the partners of the North African Hub in order to exchange experiences and practices in the field of organic and ecological agriculture and to lead discussions on the various activities and key achievements of the three countries involved in the KHNA project.

The program has also included:

- A visit to an Organic Farm of the farmer Mourad Hafdhi in Testour,

- A visit to the Oil Mill of the Domaine de Segermès in Zaghouan,

- A demonstration event for multipliers "Micro-interventions Bazaar",

- A visit to the CTAB demonstration plots & the Chemical Residues and Mycotoxins Analysis Laboratory.

Date & Place: From October 18 to 21, 2021, in Sousse

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Participation of the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture in the World Food Day

As part of the celebration of the World Food Day, the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture has participated in an information day to raise awareness of healthy food and sustainable agriculture to face climate change and socio-economic challenges, through an oral communication entitled: "Role of the North African Knowledge Hub in the promotion of organic food".

Date & Place: October 16, 2021 at the City of Sciences in Tunis.

Presentation of the oral communication: Dr. Jouhaina Riahi and Dr. Khaoula Mokrani

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Visit of a student’s group from the Higher Agronomic Institute of (ISA) of Chott Meriem (ISACM) to the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB).

A student’s group of the 3rd engineer level from the ISACM accompanied by a teacher visited the CTAB experimental station on October 14, 2021.

During this visit, the method of preparation and use of the compost as well as the experiments and the crops installed were examined.

Supervision: Mr. Youssef Amor: General engineer and Director of Experimentation and Communication at CTAB.

Participation in the Annual National Meeting for the Evaluation of the 2020/2021 agricultural campaign for field crops organized by the National Institute for Field Cultures (INGC)

The Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) participated on October 13, 2021 in the 2nd day of the Annual National Meeting for the evaluation of the 2020/2021 agricultural campaign for field crops.

The participants in several workshops discussed the problems and obstacles as well as the solutions proposed to the supervisory ministry in order to take the appropriate measures to develop the sector.

In his intervention, the CTAB representative indicated the possibilities of promoting the organic field crops sector in suitable areas like the peasant school in organic field crops carried out at the the governorate of Sousse and the agreement reached between the farmers and the "Rose Blanche" group which has resulted in the production of organic cereal derivatives.

He also presented several practical suggestions for the development of the sector such as:

- the establishment of a research unit on varieties adapted to organic agriculture

- the intervention of the Cereals Office by renting specialized silos for the collection of organic cereals

- the intervention of the Cereals Office to grant a specific purchase price for organic cereals.

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Information day on the "compost production"

The Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) participated in the animation of an information day on the "compost production", organized by the Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development (CRDA) of Bizerte, Wednesday October 13, 2021 in the region of Beni Oudhil from the governorate of Bizerte. Ms. Hanem Grissa, Director of Training and Studies in CTAB, presented the techniques of organic compost production and animated a practical session.

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Training session on "The techniques of production of organic vegetables in the open field in the oases"

The Technical Center of Organic Agriculture participated on October 7, 2021 in the animation of training session organized by the Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development in Gabes (CRDA) on "The techniques of production of organic vegetables in the open field in the oases" for the benefit of the technicians and agricultures of the governorate of Gabes.

The animation of this training session that focused on the following themes:

- The biological control of the main pests of vegetables crops in the open field (Mr Ikbal Chaieb, Regional Center for Research in Horticulture and Organic Agriculture - CRRHAB),

- The marketing of organic vegetables crops in the open field (Ms. Faten Ksouri Mansou, CTAB).

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Meeting and field visit to set up a pilot plot of organic post-season potatoes

Friday, October 1st , 2021: Mr. Youssef AMOR, general engineer, participated in a meeting and a field visit to Mr. Habib Helal farm in Hdadra-Jemmel (governorate of Monastir) to install a pilot plot of organic post-season with the collaboration and cooperation between the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB), the Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development (CRDA) of Monastir, the Agricultural Training Center (CFPA) of Jemmel and the Territorial Extension Unit (CTV) of Jemmel.

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Meeting and field visit to install a pilot plot of organic condiments

Thursday, September 30, 2021: Mr. Youssef AMOR, general engineer, participated in a meeting and a field visit to a GDA Ben Ayech farm in Korba (governorate of Nabeul) to install a pilot plot of organic condiments with the collaboration and cooperation between the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB), the Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development (CRDA) of Nabeul, the National Union of Organic Operators (UNObio) and the "ENDA" association.

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

As part of the monitoring of the organic certification of products at the CTAB, there was an announced inspection visit by an inspector from the control and certification body at the experimental station of the CTAB on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Supervision: Mr. Youssef Amor.

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Supervision and technical assistance visit on organic compost production

Tuesday,  September 21, 2021

Supervision and technical assistance visit on organic compost production in the farm of Mr Abdejelil Hamrouni in Chorbane (Mahdia Governorate) with the collaboration between the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) and the Regional Commissioner of Agricultural Development (CRDA) of Mahdia.

Follow-up and supervision realized by the engineer: Grissa Hanem.

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Meeting on the possibility of cooperation in terms of training for the benefit of the organic sector in Sousse

A meeting was held with Mr. Bechir Rjiba, representative of the regional continuing training unit of Sousse, and Mr. Hassan Letaeif, president of the Regional Union of Agriculture and Fisheries (URAP) of Sousse, in the presence the general manager of the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) and a group of engineers from the center, on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the headquarters of the CTAB, on the possibility of cooperation in terms of  training for the benefit of the organic sector in Sousse.

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Call for applications for specialist tasters on the occasion of the third edition of the Tunisian Local Products Competition

The Agency for the Promotion of Agricultural Investments -APIA is launching a call for applications for specialist tasters on the occasion of the third edition of the Tunisian Local Products Competition. Tasting days are scheduled for October 5, 6 and 7, 2021 at the “Cité des Sciences”. The registration form can be downloaded from the site:

www.concours-terroir.tn

Or on the following link 

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Meeting of the validation committee of the 3rd edition of the Tunisian competition for local products 2021

As part of the preparations for the organization of the 3rd edition of the Tunisian competition
for local products 2021, the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture represented by
Mr. Haythem El-Ouaer, Head of technical and economic studies department, participated
on September 15, 2021 in a meeting
of the validation committee to verify the compliance
of the registered products with the conditions of participation.

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Training session on organic beekeeping

The Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB), in cooperation with the Regional Commissioner 
for Agricultural Development in Ariana and Manouba, has participated in the organization and
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animation of a training session on organic beekeeping on September from 8 to 10, 2021 at The National
Pedagogical Institute and continuous Agricultural Training in Sidi Thabet.
CTAB engineers Ms. Sonia Halouani and Ms. Sondes Hebali have participated in the animation of this training
session that focused
on the following themes :

- Organic beekeeping techniques

- Melliferous plants and their effect on beekeeping

- Organic methods of controlling bee diseases and pests
- Honey quality standards

- Processing of organic honey and hive products

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