UNIDO seeks host of Egypt’s first education service center for processed tomato value chain

A team from the partnership program between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Egyptian government carried out field visits to six Egyptian universities and research centers that submitted a proposal to host the first center of ‘education and services that will support the value of the processed tomato. chain in the country.

The team was led by Omar Abdin, the national coordinator of the project. These visits are part of the evaluation process of the proposals submitted by the various parties, with the intention of identifying the host of this center in the coming weeks.

The project is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Planning, and funded by the Italian government represented by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation ( AICS),

The center is expected to play a leading role in supporting and developing the entire tomato value chain in Egypt without geographic restrictions for specific governorates, and will endeavor to provide training and advisory services. to all actors of the cultivation sector and the tomato industry in Egypt.

It should also be noted that Egypt ranks fifth among the list of countries producing fresh tomatoes in the world with around 8 million tonnes.

The volume of Egyptian production of processed tomatoes is not commensurate with its manufacturing capacity and the volume of its production of fresh tomatoes. The new center aims to close the gap between Egypt’s agricultural and industrial tomato production.

Janice G. Ball