The Gambia Standards Bureau in collaboration with the West Africa Competitive Programme (WACOMP) developed a framework for the development of National Standards for tomato and its related value chain. This program is funded by the European Union (EU) and Under the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Part of the project’s output 2, that is to Strengthen technical capacity of the Gambia Standards Bureau (TGSB) and support in the development of relevant national standards, the Bureau has been tasked and supported by the project to develop and publish standards on tomato and its value chain.
Following the development of the Onion value chain standards, which are currently under public commenting. The bureau through support from the project is about to commence the development of other Horticulture and its allied value chain standards.
As a results, the Bureau yesterday convened a kick-off meeting of the technical committee for the development of standards for tomato and its value chain at Senegambia beach Hotel.
Mr. Saikou Drammeh, a standards officer at The Gambia Standards Bureau, introduced participants to the working draft standards, this was later followed by updating the subcommittee of horticultural products, development of a project workplan, presentation on the ECOWAS Food and Agriculture Harmonized Standards. The floor was later opened for question and answer sessions and general discussions.
This important meeting was graced by Mr. Malamine Drammeh, a representative of WACOMP, Mr. Saring Joberteh from the department of Agricultural Services and Mr. Papa Secka, the Director General of The Gambia Standards Bureau who delivered the opening statements.
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