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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

Wednesday, 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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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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