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Focus on: organizational structure, procedures and methods of quality control and certification of seed potatoes in Scotland; relationship between national

    United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

    Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation of Egypt

    Central Administration for Seed Testing and Certification

    Fédération Nationale des Producteurs de Plants de

    Pommes de Terre de France

    International Workshop on Seed Potatoes

    for Countries of Africa and the Middle East

    Cairo, 16 19 March 2009

    Venue: Hotel SOFITEL Gezirah

Programme

     1? Promoting the use of the UNECE Standard for Seed Potatoes as

    an international reference

    ? Encouraging its practical application in countries of Africa and the

    Middle East

    ? Specially organized back-to-back with the meeting of the UNECE

    Specialized Section on Standardization of Seed Potatoes to allow

    participants to learn more about UNECE activities and take part in

    its future substantive work on the Standard.

Monday, 16 March

8:30 Registration

    9:00 Opening of the workshop

Representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR), Egypt and Mr. Pier

    Giacomo Bianchi, Chairman of the UNECE Specialized Section on Standardization of Seed Potatoes

     1 Downloadable from the UNECE website at:

    http://www.unece.org/trade/agr/standard/potatoes/pot_e.htm

    2 Session 1. General

    Chaired by Mr. P.G. Bianchi and co-Chaired by Dr. Safwat El Haddad

9:45 Potato sector in countries of Africa and the Middle East

    Mr. Bernard Quéré, Technical Expert of the French-Egyptian Seed Potato Project

    Focus on: production, quality control and certification of potatoes in the region.

10:00 The role of UNECE in developing standards for international trade

    Mr. Serguei Malanitchev, Chief, Agricultural Quality Standards Unit, UNECE Trade and

    Timber Division

    Focus on: how UNECE develops agricultural quality standards, why they are important,

    who uses them

10:10 UNECE Standard for Seed Potatoes

    Mr. Gérard Crouau, Contrôleur National, Service Officiel de Contrôle des Semences et

    des Plants, GNIS/SOC, France

    Focus on: purpose, content and practical use of the Standard

10:40 UNECE Standard within a broader framework of international agreements and

    standards

    Mr. Pier Giacomo Bianchi, Head, General Affairs, Ente Nazionale Sementi Elette, Italy

    Focus on: how the UNECE Standard complements WTO Technical Barriers to Trade and

    Sanitary and Phytosanitary agreements, Cartagena Protocol, UPOV, OECD Seed Scheme,

    IPPC, NAPPO, EPPO, Treaty on Biodiversity

10:55 Seed potato production in Africa: achievements and constraints

    Dr. Ramzy El-Bedewy, Executive Committee Member of African Potato Association,

    Potato and Sweet Potato Advisor (MALR and ARC)

    Focus on: how could Africa respond to the challenge of seed potato production

11:15 - 11:30 Discussion

    11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break

Session 2. Seed production and marketing

    Chaired by Dr. Samir El Naggar and co-Chaired by Mr. P.G. Bianchi

12:00 Registration of new potato varieties in Egypt and protection of plant breeders’ rights

    Dr. Mohamed Morsy, Secretary of the Variety Registration Committee (CASC)

     Focus on: registration and protection of varieties in Egypt

12:20 Seed potato importation in Egypt

     Mr. Sameh EL DOMIATY, Seed Potato Importer, Egypt

     Focus on: Egyptian needs for imported seed potatoes (origin, class, quantities, varieties

     and quality requirements)

    3

    12:30 Seed potato production in Egypt

    Dr. Samir El Naggar, Head, Seed Potato Production Company, Egypt

    Focus on: multiplication, grading, storing and packing of seed

12:50 Management of pests within a certification system

    Mr. Willem Schrage, Director, Potato Programme, North Dakota, United States, Vice-

    Chairman of the UNECE Specialized Section on Standardization of Seed Potatoes

    Focus on: how pests and diseases could be managed within the certification system in

    Northern Africa and the Middle East to help growers produce healthy potatoes

13:10 Epidemiology of potato diseases

    Dr. Ali Soliman, Head, Central Administration for Plant Quarantine

    Focus on: phytosanitary control of seed and ware potatoes, especially on potato brown rot

13:30 - 13:45 Discussion

    13:45 Coffee break

Session 3. National certification schemes

    Chaired by Mr. Gérard Crouau and co-Chaired by Eng. Salah Moawed

14:00 Seed potato certification scheme in Scotland, United Kingdom

    Mr. John Kerr, Seed Potato Classification Scheme Manager, SASA

    Focus on: organizational structure, procedures and methods of quality control and

    certification of seed potatoes in Scotland; relationship between national legislation, EU

    regulations and directives, and UNECE Standard for Seed Potatoes

14:20 Seed potato certification system in Egypt

    Eng. Salah Moawed, Head, CASC

    Focus on: national legislation, organizational structure, procedures and methods of quality

    control and certification of seed potatoes in Egypt

14:50 - 15:20 Discussion

    15:30 Lunch

Tuesday, 17 March

Session 4. Egyptian early potato production (from local certified seed) and export

    Chaired by Dr. Safwat El Haddad, Vice Minister, Head of Agricultural Services Sector

    and co-Chaired by Bartel de Muynck, Ingenieur - coordinateur, Vlaamse overhead, ALV,

    Kwaliteit, Belgium

9:45 UNECE Standard for Early and Ware Potatoes and EU requirements for

    consumption potato imports

    Ms. Ulrike Bickelmann, Head of Section, Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und

    Ernährung, Germany

    4

    Focus on: purpose, content and practical use of the Standard; EU requirements for imports

    of consumption potatoes, particularly of early potatoes from Egypt

10:15 Egyptian regulation for production of early potatoes for export

    Dr. Safwat El Haddad, Vice Minister, Head of Agricultural Services Sector

    Focus on: how Egypt has developed its system to control production of early potatoes for

    export

10:30 Production of own seed potatoes to grow early potatoes for export: example of a

    private company

     Mr. Salah HEGAZY, Head, Potato Export Company, Egypt

    Focus on: how the private sector can technically meet the requirements of both EU and

    Egyptian rules

10:50 - 11:10 Discussion

Session 5. Conclusions and recommendations

     Chaired by Mr. Hendrik Van de Haar, Head, Seed Potato Section, NAK Inspection

    Service of the Netherlands and co-Chaired by a representative of MALR

    11:10 The Chair and co-Chair will summarize discussions at the workshop and will suggest

    conclusions and recommendations

12:00 Coffee break

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Meeting of the Extended Bureau of the Specialized Section on Standardization of Seed Potatoes

    12:45 - 16:00

16:00 Lunch

Wednesday, 18 March

Meeting of the Extended Bureau of the Specialized Section on Standardization of Seed Potatoes

    9:45 - 16:00

12:00 - 12:30 Coffee break

    16:00 Lunch

Thursday, 19 March

    08:00 Departure on technical visit to Nubarya (desert road Cairo - Alexandria): local seed potato

    production from imported seed; early potato harvesting and packing for export

17:00 Return to Cairo

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