SSTMVA, the Tunisian Scientific Veterinary Poultry Society, together with USSEC, organized the First Nutrition & Feed Quality Control Training Session at INAT Feed Manufacturing Training Center in Tunis, Tunisia on December 10 to 12, 2019.
The opening ceremony was conducted by Professor Abdeljelil Ghram, President of SSTMVA, and USSEC consultant Dr. Riadh Karma, who gave an introduction on Tunisia’s feed industry and soy processing in Tunisia and emphasized the particularities of high quality soybean products and advantage of a better formulation when using U.S. origin soy products.
Professor Taha Najjar, nutrition professor at the National Agriculture School (INAT) introduced the new Feed Manufacturing and Quality Control Training Center funded by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). In its first step, this center is dedicated to Tunisian feed manufacturing technicians and will be opened to technicians from seven other countries in the region.
35 participants, including veterinarians, nutritionists, agriculture engineers, and technicians working in the poultry and feed Industry, took part in this training session. For the academic portion, a diversified agenda addressed advanced nutrition, ingredient quality control, feed formulation, feed manufacturing, and feeding skills. Three training sessions on particle size reduction, pelleting, pellet durability, and near infrared (NIR) analysis were given to participants in the Training Center and the Nutrition Laboratory at INAT.
During the last morning, a field visit was organized to Alfa North, a very modern feed mill and to Green Label Oil, an extrusion plant in the Jebel Ouest area.
An interactive debate followed each presentation. During the final session dedicated to Training Certificate of Completion distribution, many participants expressed their total satisfaction about the initiative of organizing such training, and about the high level of the speakers and trainees.