A six day training programme on Global Gap and Organic Certification has ended at the Capitol Hotel in Kenema City.
Addressing the gathering, the chairman of the programme, Ben Massaquoi said the main aim of the training is to empower participants on Organic goods entering the EU markets. He said Agromisa was established in 1934, and is linked to Wageningen University and Research Centre in the United States of America (USA), and that their aim is to exchange knowledge on small scale sustainable agriculture and related topics. He said that their target group is the underprivileged population in rural areas worldwide but with a focus on Africa.
In his statement the coordinator, Trade Programme Vincent Fautres said the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation was established in 1983 under the Lome Convention between the African Caribbean and the Pacific (A.C.P) group of states and the European Union member states. He further stated that since 2000, it has operated within the framework of A.C.P EU Contonou Agreement. He said C.T.A’s tasks are to develop and provide services that will improve access to information for agriculture and rural development, and to utilise information.
The facilitator for the programme Mr. Emmanuel Oduro Owusu said Global demand for organic products has been growing for more than 10 years, and farmers from developing countries can benefit from this market. He said the export promotion of Organic products from Africa, which ran from 1997 to the end of 2008 in Tanzania and Uganda, aimed at increasing the income of farmers in these countries by linking them to the Organic export market.
By Saffa Moriba