World Grain - May 2018 - 60
Improving feed production in
AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST
New regional training center based in
Tunisia to address inefficiencies in the
industry while helping U.S. exports.
by Susan Reidy
frica and the Middle East's compound feed
production is some of the lowest in the world
and also some of the most expensive, stemming
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integration and a fragmented industry.
With two grants totaling $1.9 million, the U.S. Grains
Council (USGC) and its partners are creating a new
regional training center based in Tunisia to address
these issues by providing training for feed production
and improved animal nutrition across all sectors of the
region's feed industry.
The Regional Center for Feed Manufacturing for North
Africa and the Middle East will be located in Tunisia at
the Tunisian National Institute for Agronomy (INAT),
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past. Initially, 10 to 15 Tunisian industry professionals
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coordinated by Iowa State University (ISU) and the
Northern Crops Institute (NCI). This core group will
subsequently train 80 to 100 professionals in the feed
industy in Tunisia.
"It's too much to expect to address all of those issues
in three years," said Kurt Shultz, USGC senior director
of global strategies. "What we'll try to focus on is what
East in a trajectory that will bring them growth and
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the U.S. Department of State to engage the Tunisian
industry in extensive training programs to improve
overall feed manufacturing. This spring, USGC
received an additional $1.3 million grant from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, which will allow the USGC
to expand this feed manufacturing training program into
10 additional countries in North Africa, the Middle East
A USGC local consultant discusses how to improve poultry performance through good quality feeds. Photos courtesy of USGC.
May 2018 / World Grain / www.World-Grain.com