The Centre for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) Foundation in partnership with Heifer Georgia International initiated a project - “Animal Health Management in Cross-Border Areas of Armenia and Georgia” financed by Austrian Development Cooperation. The project will ultimately benefit the rural population in four regions of Armenia and Georgia (Shirak and Lori in Armenia and Kvemo-Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti in Georgia) through improvement of animal husbandry and health control practices and, therefore providing better conditions for their economic activities.
The Project focuses on shifting from traditional farming to new animal husbandry approaches, such as (a) herd and labour management; (b) reproduction; (c) housing and environment; (d) nutrition; (e) calf rearing; (f) trans-boundary animal diseases prevention and control and such that may lead to development of a more diversified rural economy.
It is expected that nearly 200 small rural communities in Armenia and Georgia will have access to improved animal health services, an effective information exchange system will be established between state authorities of these two countries and majority of the target population will improve their knowledge about advanced animal health practices.
This project perfectly merges with the Armenian and Georgian governments’ strategies on strengthening of cross-border economic links through creation of efficient veterinary service and information exchange system on prevention and control of animal diseases.
The project activities are addressed to train about 60 veterinarians from both countries that provide animal health services to the farmers. These veterinarians created associations through which they advocate the prevention and control of animal infection diseases in rural areas they serve.
Through the application of public awareness campaign the project will increase knowledge of rural population and community municipalities in advanced methods of animal health prevention and treatment. In addition, an effective communication system between state agencies and private veterinarians of Georgia and Armenia will be established.
Farmer Service Centres and Veterinary Service Units created over the course of the project make veterinary and animal health services accessible for nearly 7000 farmers in Armenia and Georgia.
Project team: Artak Khachatryan, Project Coordinator
Dec 02 2015
New Farm and Veterinary Service Center in Chambarak Community
The RA Ministry of Agriculture jointly with the Agricultural Project Implementation Unit (APIU) state agency and the Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) Foundation organized the official opening ceremony of the Chambarak Farm and Veterinary Service Center (FVSC) in the Gegharkunik province on November 28th. The RA President Serzh Sargsyan, the RA Minister of Agriculture Sergo Karapetyan, the Governor of Gegharkunik Raffik Grigoryan, Community head of Chambarak Yurik Avalyan, as well as APIU and CARD representatives and community farmers attended the launch event. This is the 3rd such Center established by the RA Ministry of Agriculture in the framework of the Community Agricultural Resources Management and Competitiveness (CARMAC) project funded by the World Bank. 2 more...
Nov 24 2014
THE LAUNCH OF THE FARM AND VETERINARY CENTER IN ARTASHAVAN COMMUNITY
November 14th, 2014, the opening ceremony of the Artashavan Farm and Veterinary Service Center (FVSC) was hosted in Aragatsotn region. The event was organized by the RA Ministry of Agriculture, the state agency “Agriculture Project Implementation Unit” (APIU) and the Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) Foundation. The establishment of the Center was made possible through the World Bank funds in the framework of the “Community Agricultural Resource Management and Competitiveness” (CARMAC) project. The future management of the Center is planned to be taken over by CARD. “This building will serve as a problem-solving center for farmers. This is the 5th Center established in Armenia, and in upcoming 2...
Dec 15 2011
CARD AND HEIFER GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL SIGN SUB-AGREEMENT
On December 8th, 2011,“Heifer International Georgia” represented by its Director George Murvanidze and Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) Foundation represented by its Deputy Director Sevak Manukyan signed a Sub-Grant Agreement to jointly implement a project titled “Animal Health Management in Cross Border Areas of Armenia and Georgia” funded by the Austrian Development Agency. Geographically, the project will focus on Armenian and Georgian bordering regions: Shirak and Lori marzes in Armenia and Samtskhe‐Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli provinces inGeorgia. The project will aim at improving the animal husbandry and health control practices, herd management strategies and prevention of trans-boundary diseases in the target area...
Jul 27 2013
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PRIVATE VETERINARIAN ASSOCIATION CONSUMER COOPERATIVES/ADA
In the frames of the ADC-funded “Animal Health Management in Cross Border Areas of Armenia and Georgia” project, two Private Veterinarian Association Consumer Cooperatives were established in July, 2013 in the Shirak and Lori marzes to promote the agricultural development in rural Armenia. The idea of establishing Cooperatives occurred when CARD, in the framework of the ADC-funded AH project, distributed vet tool sets to 30 private veterinarians from the Lori and Shirak regions, which include the main vet input supplies the veterinarians need for performing their jobs properly. Also, in close cooperation with “Heifer Project International Armenia”, some of the vets, who provide AI services, received AI kit tools and bulls frozen semen and already carry out Artifi...
Feb 28 2014
JOINT WORKSHOP FOR ARMENIAN AND GEORGIAN VETERINARIANS/ADA
On April 4-5, in cooperation with the “Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development” (CARD) Foundation and financial support of the “Austrian Development Cooperation” (ADC), Heifer International Georgia, within the framework of the “Animal Health Management in Cross-Border Areas of Armenia and Georgia” project, held a joint workshop for the Armenian and the Georgian veterinarians in “Borjomis Kheoba” hotel of Borjomi, Georgia. The workshop was aimed at raising awareness on private veterinary business management, main principles and aspects of successful performance of veterinary services. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Andris Zalitis, the veterinary-surgeon of the “Vidzemes Veterinaries Service”, Latvia. Ten veterinarians f...
Oct 26 2016
Latvian know-how in Armenia and Georgia
On October 16-23, CARD Foundation hosted a private veterinarian from Latvia Mr. Andris Zalitis. Mr. Zalitis has an invaluable contribution to the private veterinary sector development in Latvia, overcoming all the difficulties of the post-Soviet period. The visit aimed at the exchange of experience and training of veterinarians. Within the frames of the “Animal Health Management” project, financed by the ADA, as well as “Community Agricultural Resource Management and Competitiveness” (CARMAC) project, implemented by the “Agricultural PIU” SA, Mr. Zalitis conducted trainings in Armenia and Georgia on veterinary ethics, economy, as well as the role and importance of the veterinary field in ensuring the safety of the food. Mr. Zalitis stressed the import...
Sep 11 2017
Dr. Konstantinos Kousenidis shares his experience
Within the frames of the ADA funded “Animal Health Management in Armenia and Georgia, Phase II” project, CARD Foundation hosted Dr. Konstantinos Kousenidis from Topigs Norsvin Hellas company. The two-day visit aimed at the transfer of technical expertise in the sphere of pig genetics improvement, genetics harvesting and distribution, artificial insemination and pig farm management. Mr. Kousenidis visited the newly established Pig Genetic Center to evaluate the whole chain of the Center activities, including the genetics harvesting, semen handling and packaging. Working closely with the staff and CARD Animal Health Management project team he provided practical advice and recommendations on the improvement of the day-to-day activities and proper handling of the boars, recently im...