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Tunisia, Turkey Sign 20 Agreements and Action Plans

Tunis — Tunisia and Turkey have signed, Thursday in Tunis, 20 agreements and action plans in the fields of police training, information and communication technologies, mailing, fisheries, local administration, tourism and education.

These agreements were signed by Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh and Turkey’s Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the end of the first Tunisian-Turkish Higher Council for Strategic Co-operation meeting.

Memoranda of understanding were also signed between the two countries’ Foreign Ministries.

Besides, the two sides signed “the declaration of intent” regarding co-operation in the social field between Tunisian Social Affairs Ministry and Turkish Family and Social Policies Ministry.

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Tunisia: Bumper pomegranate harvest opens new markets

Pomegranate exports from the province of Gabes, Tunisia reached 1,0045 tons up to the first week of this month. Last year, over the corresponding period export volumes had reached just 928 tons, according to the Gabes Agricultural Development Commission.

The statistics do not reflect the true volume, however, as there is a lack of data on the amount of pomegranates that end up on the Libyan market.

The fruit has been reaching its traditional markets, in Europe and the Gulf, as well as new markets, including Sweden and Bangladesh. The harvest this year was a bumper one at over 28,000 tons.


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Tunisia changing to organic: great demand for dates and fruit

Tunisia has extended its qualification in the area of organic products continually over the last ten years. “Organic products, known under the hallmark Bio Tunisia are becoming more and more important on the local market and are being demanded by more and more on the international market as well,” as per Elke Peiler, project manager foodstuff sector of the German-Tunesian IHK.

Dates are a Tunisian trade mark and are closely linked to the North African country. Dates are the most important product bar one in the organic sector. In 2011, 6,000 tons of organic dates were harvested in Tunisia, of which 4,000 tons (67%) was exported. 68% of this went to Germany, 11% to the United States and 7% to Morocco.

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Tunisian Feed Production Leaps Forward

TUNISIA – Tunisia’s cereal production for the 2011/2012 season is projected to exceed 2.5 million MT, about eight per cent larger than production in the previous year, and about 50 per cent higher than average.

Area planted with cereal crops this year is estimated at about 10 per cent lower than the area planted last year, but the average yield is projected to be higher due to sufficient rainfall and favorable weather conditions during the cereal growing season. Agricultural analysts believe that the government’s estimate for total grain production of 2.5 million MT is highly optimistic. It is reported that Tunisia has sufficient stocks to cover wheat market needs for two months. Tunisia will continue to rely on imports to satisfy at least 30 per cent of its wheat consumption. In May, Tunisia purchased 75,000 MT of soft wheat.

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Organic farming in Tunisia: since 1999 and still going strong

Tunisia continues to give a special interest to organic farming, promoting the sector thanks to the taking over the past 11 years of a number of key decisions.

In 1999, a technical center specializing in organic farming was created, to serve as a central mechanism and reference material.
In October 13, 2000 an awareness program on organic agriculture was developed to enhance the incentives and mechanisms set up in this sector.
A strategy of organic farming through the promotion of a sustainable program was set up in May 12, 2005. In 2006, a study was conducting aiming at identifying pilot areas specializing in organic farming.

In 2010, the maximum annual grant on the control and certification for producers members of development groups, cooperatives and professional groups increase from 5000 to reach 10,000 dinars per year.

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Tunisia: Agricultural production increased 50%

In recent years, Tunisia achieved an increase in the harvest volume of vegetables to reach an agricultural production of 50% since 1987 contributing to 10% of the country’s GDP, 10 % of exports and 18% in employment sector.

With a view to reduce financing costs encouraging farmers to more production, President Ben Ali ordered “to extend the measures adopted for seasonal credits related to large-scale farming so that they cover the other agricultural activities, by applying the monetary market rate plus one point (TMM+1) to farmers who pay back their debts in due time”, while “extending the period of application of this measure from 2011 till 2014”.

He also ordered “to increase by 50% the ceiling of investments for agricultural projects, and also for revising the criteria for granting loans and allowances to small and medium farmers, and updating them according to the cost”.

Besides, President Ben Ali ordered the opportunity to “consolidate the pilot experience currently conducted in the cereals jointly by the agricultural organization and the national institute for agricultural research, in coordination with the national institute for large-scale farming”.


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Tunisia: Farming – Tozeur Goes Organic

Tunis — In light of Tunisia’s interest in organic farming, the governorate of Tozeur currently counts 292 large and medium farmers, four companies of agricultural development (SMVDA), a private company, in addition to a vocational training center in the delegation of “Degache”.

Actions were taken to further boost organic farming in the region.

During the 2008-2009, the production of organic dates reached 5,000 tonnes, 3,000 tonnes of which were exported providing source of income and revenues estimated 12 million dinars.

The organic oases occupy 10% of the total area of “Chot el Djerid”. Three packaging and exporting units of biological dates are also operational in the delegations of “Hezoua” and “Degache”.

Accordingly, a farming unit was set up with a view to sensitize farmers to the potential offered by organic farming. Efforts to raise awareness among farmers are being made by encouraging farmers to use organic agriculture and exporters to build partnerships with investors.

In 2004, the governorate of Tozeur was awarded the Presidential prize for the promotion of organic farming.
FROM: Tunisia Online News

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