Many veterinarians today lack information on the latest European and U.S. medicines available in Armenia. The medicines being used are sometimes obsolete and ineffective, and treatment results are poor because of resistance animals have to those medications. As a result animal health problems and diminishing of farm income.
In mid-August 2011, USDA FAS International Agricultural Development Specialist Kirsten Luxbacher together with CARD specialists visited sweet corn farms of Jrahovit village of Ararat marz of Armenia. During the trip they met with the local farmers to talk about the strategies, innovations, problems and other issues they have to deal with while growing the sweet corn, which seems to acquire great popularity in the country.
The Animal Health Team of CARD Foundation participated in technical trainings on animal health medicine organized by Veyx-Pharma GmbH veterinary pharmaceutical company in Schwarzenborn, Germany, on April 11-15, 2011. The main goal of the training was to introduce to the participants the variety of Veyx-Pharma products for cattle and pig and to explain the effectiveness of every medicament in comparison with their analogues, as well as to present the efficiency of their medicine based on the results of the research conducted by Veyx-Pharma.
As a part of USDA funded project CARD Animal Health team held practical, on-farm trainings in Syunik region of Armenia, in particular, in Sisian city, as well as Sarnakunq, Brnakot and Hatsavan villages in March 2011. The training aimed at building/increasing awareness on AH related issues among the veterinarians of Sisian.
As a part of USDA funded Animal Health (AH) project CARD veterinary and animal health experts held a three‐day practical training in Kapan region of Armenia on January 25‐28, 2011. The main objective of the training was to assist veterinaries, improve their skills, teach and/or introduce them new vet services in the area.
On December 7‐10, 2010, the Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) Foundation offered ServSafe training program to key food safety stakeholders. This training is important, since CARD food safety specialists, Zaruhi Davtyan and Mkhitar Hakobyan conducted the ServSafe training as Certified ServSafe Instructors and Registered ServSafe Proctorsthis for the first time in Armenia.
The Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) implements “Development of post‐harvest pre‐processing and marketing capacities of cooperatives in Armenia” funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The main objective of the program is to support agricultural cooperatives in Ararat, Armavir and Vayots Dzor regions, and to assist the sustainable development of newly founded and operating cooperatives.
The Tenth International Exhibition ArmProdExpo 2010 - the only specialized food and beverage exhibition in Armenia - took place in Yerevan on November 23-26, 2010. RA President Serj Sargsyan and the Minister of Agriculture Gerasim Alaverdyan welcomed the participants and the guests of the expo at the opening ceremony.
Sheep breeding sector of Armenia’s agriculture has big potential as the lamb market in the region is constantly growing. With the intention to foster sheep sector growth in Armenia representatives of USDA FAS in cooperation with CARD support con-ducted a sheep sector survey in various marzes of the country on November 9-12, 2010.