- Agribusiness and Marketing – Trainings
- Agribusiness and Marketing Projects Highlights
- Animal Health – Projects Highlights
- Animal Health – Trainings
- Food Safety – Projects Highlights
- Food Safety – Trainings
- Rural Development – Trainings
- Rural Development Projects Highlights
Nov 14 2010
USDA TEAM SURVEYS ARMENIA’S SHEEP BREEDING SECTOR
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. The survey team from Washington D.C. headed by Mark Hawthorne, the Branch Chief of USDA FAS, Office of Capacity Building and Development, sheep breeding specialists Dr. Lyle G. McNeal and Prof. C. Kim Chapman from Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, Cooperative Extension Service, College of Agriculture, Utah State University arrived in Armenia in November. The team met with sheep breeding scientists from Agricultural University of Arme...
Nov 29 2010
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. The exhibition aimed to demonstrate development and progress of local food industry, to introduce the best types of grocery and agricultural products of Armenia, to penetrate into new markets and to establish direct relations between domestic producers and foreign trade companies, with a follow-up of signing business contracts. This year sixty-six companies from Armenia, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Belarus, Ukraine and Georgia, exhib...
Feb 15 2011
CARD HELPS SMALL‐SCALE ENTREPRENEURS DEVELOP POST‐HARVEST PRE‐PROCESSING AND MARKETING CAPACITIES
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. In the frames of the project CARD Foundation supported agricultural associations by providing 962 vineyard and orchard tools, about 500 plastic boxes for post‐harvest handling, 30 hay mowers/cultivators, 50 sprayers and over dozen of equipments for viniculture. 872 members of 21 cooperatives of Ararat, Armavir and Vayots Dzor marzes benefited from the project....
Feb 15 2011
SERVSAFE CERTIFICATE TRAINING FOR ARMENIAN
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. ServSafe is the industry’s leading food safety training and certification program, created by the U.S. National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The program is designed for the foodservice industry to assist in setting high food safety standards. ServSafe is recognized by US federal, state, and local jurisdictions. There were 20 participants, among them restaurant managers (12), un...
Feb 15 2011
CARD ANIMAL HEALTH ASSISTS VETERINARIANS OF KAPAN REGION
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. After the theoretical part of the training, the AH team chose the most active specialists as target vets and the farms and communities serviced by them as target farms to conduct the trainings. This week the AH team visited the farm of Lyudvig Poghosyan, veterinary from Davit Bek village, and VaMax dairy farm with 300 milking cows in Kapan. 16 people participated in the training; among them nine veterinarians and farmers, five of which were target vets who stood out...
Mar 11 2011
CARD AND IIFSQ HOLD RISK ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING
On January 24-25, 2011, CARD Foundation in collaboration with International Institute for Food Safety and Quality (IIFSQ) provided a workshop on Risk Analysis to key food safety stakeholders. The materials prepared in the form of a set of seven PowerPoint presentations were presented by Dr. Gennadi Myroniuk, Ms. Anna Vasylenko, and Ms. Oksana Dorofeyeva. There were 24 participants, among them employees of the Ministry of Agriculture (13), Ministry of Health (5), as well as food industry representatives (6). The great deal of interest in the topic, its timeliness and relevance was amply demonstrated by the participants who engaged in several discussions with the workshop instructors. The topics covered included overview of the Risk Analysis concept, such as risk assessment, risk...
Mar 11 2011
COCHRAN FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM PRIVATE VETERINARY BUSINESS TRAINING COURSE
From January 22 to February 5, 2011, USDA organized private veterinary business training course in the Preventive veterinary medicine department of Ohio State University, USA. Fernando Silviera, DVM Director of VPM Food Animal Services (dairy and beef production, reproductive biotechnology, population medicine, large animal surgery) conducted the training. There were nine practicing veterinarians from Armenia and Georgia; among them Hunan Sargsyan (veterinary from Aragatsavan community of Aragatsotn marz), Hakob Margaryan (veterinary from Vardadzor community of Gegharkunik marz), Suren Gevorgyan (veterinary from Panik community of Shirak marz), as well as Levon Movsisyan and Sergey Chakhmakhchyan (CARD vet staff). The main topics of the training were the level of veterinary education...
Mar 11 2011
TRAINING ON CATTLE ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION HELD IN SYUNIK MARZ
CARD Rural Development department together with Mr. Joel Mergler, the representative of the U.S. World Wide Sires organization held trainings on exchange of experience and knowledge refresh for 12 veterinarians and specialists of artificial insemination of animals in Syunik marz of Armenia, on February 9-16, 2011. The topics of the training included the right organization of animal reproduction, reflection and recording of genetic features of crossbreed (F1, F2) animals born as a result of the insemination. The participants were mainly interested in the management of biological process of reproduction and implementation with hormonal drugs, which otherwise is called synchronization. Joel Mergler drew parallels within his first visit in 2008 and current results achieved in the field o...
Mar 11 2011
CARD SPECIALIST AND ARMENIAN GREENHOUSE OWNER PARTICIPATE IN INTERAGRO 2011
Syunik region greenhouse owner Sarmen Sarkisyan and CARD Rural Development Specialist Anna Karapetyan participated inInterAgro 2011, the 7th International specialized exhibition of remunerative highly effective agriculture, held in Kyiv, Ukraine on February 2-4, 2011. InterAgro is the biggest agricultural exhibition in Ukraine, which covers all spheres of agriculture. Supported by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine, Federal Ministry of Economics of Germany, Government of France, this major event was directed to promote modern technologies in agro-industrial complex, providing full enumeration of the agricultural machinery, and latest scientific and technical development for professional landowners. InterAgro exhibition featured 450 companies, 158 of which were foreign compani...
Apr 19 2011
CARD ANIMAL HEALTH TEAM ASSISTS VETERINARIANS IN SISIAN
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 reported in January issue of CARD newsletter, this was the second part of the serial trainings implemented in the frames of the USDA Animal Health project. The first circle of training took part in Kapan region at the end of January, 2011. The objectives of the training were to assist veterinarians, to improve their skills and knowledge, to increase level of awareness and to introduce them new vet services (which can be implemented in their daily work to have b...
May 22 2011
CARD ANIMAL HEALTH TEAM PARTICIPATES IN VEYX-PHARMA TRAININGS IN GERMANY
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. Apart from the classroom trainings, Veyx-Pharma GmbH organized tours through the company and farm visits. In their warehouse the Animal Health specialists got acquainted with the Company’s daily work, such as packaging and labelling facilities,...
Sep 07 2011
USDA COCHRAN FELLOWSHIP REUNION AT CARD
Lev Kuchevski, International Training Specialist, USDA/FAS visited Armenia August 29-31 to interview candidates for Cochran Fellowship Program (CFP) 2012. The Program topics were “Greenhouse Management” and “Sustainable Approaches to Extension”. On August 30, 2011, USDA Caucasus Agricultural Development Initiative (CADI) Yerevan office organized Cochran Fellowship Alumni Reunion Reception which was held in CARD premises. Lev Kuchevski opened the ceremony. Karen Robblee, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy, made an opening speech and wishes the alumni further successes in their endeavours. Gagik Sardaryan, CARD Director, described how CFP assists CARD staff in their professional growth and international experience to provide better service...
Sep 17 2011
SWEET CORNS CAN ACQUIRE GOOD POPULARITY IN ARMENIA
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. “First and foremost, I would like to thank CARD for arranging the visit to Jrahovit Village’s sweet corn farms. It is great to be able to observe firsthand how Armenian farmers are benefiting from the collaboration between USDA and CARD,” says Kirsten. According to Ms. Luxbacker, the sweet corn program appears to be a successful initiative that is...
Nov 17 2011
NEW FACES AT THE GLOBAL TRAINING CENTER/ WWS
NEW FACES AT THE GLOBAL TRAINING CENTER/ WWS
Dec 05 2011
CARD IMPLEMENTS FOOD SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN ARMENIA
Today the issue of food safety is everybody’s concern. When buying food, people hope that it’s wholesome and safe. People should not get sick in this century because of their negligence or a lack of conscientiousness. During the last decades, specialists developed a system that permits managing the safety of processed food. This system is called Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). In the 1990s it gained the power of law in some European countries and the USA. Since 2000 other developed and developing countries required the use of the HACCP system in the food industry. In 2000 the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) invited internationally recognized experts to Armenia at the request of some leading food processors. The invited experts conducted trainin...
Dec 06 2011
NEW CENTER PROVIDES ANIMAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE IN ARMENIA
NEW CENTER PROVIDES ANIMAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE IN ARMENIA
Dec 06 2011
WINE AND CHEESE TASTING HELD IN THE U.S. EMBASSY
On December 2, the Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) and the U.S. Embassy held 12th annual Wine and Cheese Tasting event. Each year, this event allows retailers, restaurant owners, local vendors, and members of the international community to sample wine and cheese produced by Armenian producers supported by USDA/CARD. The US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern and USDA Project Coordinator Greg Booth made the opening speech elaborating on CARD contribution in dairy and viticulture sectors in Armenia. This year, 10 cheese producers and 8 wine producers presented 14 varieties of local cheeses and 25 types of Armenian wines. A variety of cheeses were presented for tasting, among them: Ricotta, Gouda, Cheese khinkali, Tommy (goat cheese) and Feta type sheep c...
Feb 20 2012
US AMBASSADOR VISITED USDA/CARD PROJECTS AND CARD OFFICE
US AMBASSADOR VISITED USDA/CARD PROJECTS AND CARD OFFICE
Apr 19 2012
TRAINING IN NEW VETERINARY MEDICINES IN THE SYUNIK REGION/ANIMAL HEALTH PROJECT
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. To enhance the knowledge and skills of veterinarians about veterinary medicines available in Armenia, and to introduce the techniques and methods to better implement veterinarian and artificial insemination (AI) services, within the framework of the USDA- supported Animal Health Project, project coordinator Tigran Gabrielyan and project assistant Nazeli Grigoryan organized trainings for nearly 50 veterinarians from the Syunik region in March and early April. The m...
Apr 26 2012
THE US AMBASSADOR’S VISIT TO SYUNIK MARZ
THE US AMBASSADOR’S VISIT TO SYUNIK MARZ
May 24 2012
LOBAL GAP FOR ARMENIAN HORTICULTURAL FARMERS
Within the framework of USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) funded Food Safety project, training on Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) was initiated and an expert from the USA, Dr. David Picha was invited to conduct the course. To help farmers enhance their produce handling procedures and practices and to become competitive in the international market, primarily the European market, CARD invited the USAID Enterprise Development and Market Competitiveness program (EDMC) to join this initiative. During his visit, from April 22 to May 1, Dr. Picha visited several orchards, vineyards, cold storage facilities, and exporters. He provided a two-day training course on the GLOBAL GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certification, which is a key requirement for enhancing the export pot...
Jun 04 2012
CARD AND WORLD WIDE SIRES COOPERATION
Under the auspices of the World Wide Sires (WWS) Emerging Markets Program (EMP) funded by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the US Accelerated Genetics Specialist, Humberto Rivera, conducted seminars, consultations, and analyses on cattle herd reproductive and genetic improvements in Sisian, in the Syunik region. The purpose of his visit was to update the knowledge of the AI specialists, and to carry out an analysis for community herd cross-breeds production and reproduction by collecting data and developing a spreadsheet. The seminars were conducted for eight AI specialists in the Farm and Veterinary Service Center (FVSC), established by CARD. The specialists closely cooperate with the manager of the Center, Suren Vardanyan, who has also participated in several trainings...
Jul 11 2012
CARD TO PROVIDE BETTER FOOD SAFETY CONSULTING SERVICES
CARD Food Safety Department Manager, Zaruhi Davtyan, attended the ISO 22000 Lead Auditor training held in Tbilisi, Georgia, from May 28 to June 1. This training will help CARD continue to build its capacity and have specialists that can provide ISO 22000 food safety consulting services. Recently, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, launched a new project that aims to improve the food safety system in Armenia. To achieve this goal, the IFC intends to build the local capacity of consulting organizations and through them assist food processors in the implementation of food safety management systems. The Project Management has already had several meetings with CARD and has discussed possible points of collaboration, and, as a first step, IFC invite...
Jul 18 2012
INVOLVEMENT OF POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS IN GREENHOUSE MANAGEMENT
To prepare young specialists in the field of Greenhouse Management, CARD has involved of postgraduate students from the Armenian State Agrarian University (ASAU) in its training sessions that are a part of the USDA-supported greenhouse management development initiative. For this goal, CARD invited an agronomist from PUM Senior Experts, Ms. Lidwine Dellaert, to conduct seminars and on-site consultations for ASAU postgraduates, greenhouse association members, and greenhouse owners from the Ararat and Armavir regions. Ms. Lidwine Dellaert, who presented a number of topics on greenhouse farming and provided solutions to several issues that were pressing local farmers. As part of this training session, multiple visits to local greenhouses were organized and on-site consultation was provid...
Jul 18 2012
INTRODUCTION OF NEW GREENHOUSE FARMING TECHNOLOGIES
For the first time in Armenia, CARD has introduced the LASA Agro modern portable laboratory to enable farmers to conduct soil, water and nitrate tests reliably and quickly in their greenhouses. The portable laboratory will help Armenian greenhouse farmers increase their production and efficiency, and is under the auspices of the USDA-funded “Effective Greenhouse Management” project. Beginning in June, as part of the project, a specialist from a German-based company STEP Systems GmbH, Mr. Pavel Shishkin, was invited to Armenia to conduct training on the use of the mobile laboratory. The training was held on CARD premises and in the fields with the participation of young agronomists from Armenian State Agrarian University, greenhouse owners from the Ararat and Armavir regions,...
Jul 18 2012
NEW TOMATO VARIETIES FOR GREENHOUSE PRODUCTION
Since 2010, CARD has collaborated with Rijk Zwaan, a Dutch Company that develops new high-quality varieties of vegetables. The company continues to introduce new vegetable varieties to local greenhouse owners, as well as transfers new technologies , provides technological support and advice to vegetable producers. On June 19-20, under the auspices of the USDA-supported project, Varietal Test of Cucumber and Tomato Seeds, CARD hosted two specialists from Rijk Zwaan, Sergiy Vasylevskyy and Andrii Galaguria. During their stay in Armenia, Mr. Vasylevskyy and Mr. Galaguria conducted a seminar in Darakert community, in the Ararat region, for about 60 greenhouse farmers and owners, on the introduction of improved technologies and new tomato varieties Cinto Makhitos 667. The specialists a...
Aug 27 2012
USDA’s INITIATIVE FOR ARMENIAN MEAT INDUSTRY
Within the framework of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) funded Food Safety project, Meat Fabrication and Grading training was initiated and conducted in Armenia from July 19 to July 26. The course was delivered by highly qualified experts from USA – Curtis Chisley from the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center and Orlando Phelps from the USDA Grading and Verification Division. The training consisted of a two-day theoretical part and a four-day practical course in one of the slaughterhouses. The course was designed to equip people employed in the meat processing industry with the knowledge to effectively and efficiently grade carcasses in accordance with US and EU standards, and familiarize them with the main retail and wholesale cuts of bee...
Oct 17 2012
JOHN HEFFERN’s VISITS TO USDA-SUPPORTED PROJECTS CONTINUE
The US Ambassador John Heffern’s visits to USDA/CARD-supported projects are ongoing and the recent stop was made at a grape nursery in Aygehovit village, region Tavush. The director of Agricultural Support Center of Tavush region Vahan Karapetyan demonstrated the outcomes of joint research of the US and Armenian experts in introducing Phyloxera (one of the worldwide most harmful grape diseases) resistant, US indigenous varieties in Armenia. CARD Foundation, through USDA technical and financial support, has extended the nursery at the demonstration plot in the region. About 3,000 rootstocks of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noire and Sauvignon Blanc varieties were introduced and 1 ha of new grape nursery was established in Aygehovit village.Tavus...
Nov 21 2012
INITIATION OF THE FOOD SAFETY COALITION
USDA-supported food safety program in Armenia currently emphasizes sustainability, especially establishing capacity at the Armenian government and private/non-government levels to provide future technical support and training for the government and food industry in Armenia. One of the program objectives is focused on developing the infrastructure for sustainable training capacity. As a first step, USDA entered into a discussion with the Armenian government, higher education institutions and private food safety stakeholders regarding establishment of an Armenian Food Safety Trainers Coalition (AFSTC). In fall 2012, USDA dispatched experts from Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Dr. Michael Moody, Mr. Gerald Wojtala and Dr. Jonathan Hubchen to Armenia who, in collaboration with C...
Mar 14 2013
HACCP System in Fish Processing Units
The employees of the Inspectorate and enterprises operating in the corresponding field took training on “Seafood HACCP implementation”, funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and held by the Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) in November 2013, and those who passed the minimum testing score at the end of the training, were awarded certificates on successful completion of the training course by the Seafood HACCP Alliance. It’s worth mentioning that this training course is mandatory in the USA for the employees of fish processing industry, according to the 21 Code of Federal Regulations.
Mar 19 2013
SUPPORT TO LOCAL GREENHOUSE FARMERS
Under the auspices of the USDA-supported greenhouse component, CARD hosted Mr. Andrii Galaguria, who is one of the leading agronomists in Rijk Zwaan company. During a two-day visit, Mr. Galaguria conducted workshops for 15 greenhouse farmers and owners from the Ararat, Armavir, Aragatsotn and Kotayk marzes on the introduction of growing technologies, plant nutrition and improvement of drip irrigation. The workshops tailored to the needs of the greenhouse farmers were aimed at improving their operation and minimizing loses they face due to lack of knowledge and practice on plant nutrition and drip irrigation. The refresh knowledge and on-site consultancies will help farmers manage the production efficiency and increase production volumes per square meter.
Apr 25 2013
COCHRAN FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
From March 17-28, 2013, under the USDA-initiated Cochran Fellowship Program, a study tour was designed to familiarize the 7 participants from Armenia, including CARD Agribusiness and Marketing Department representative Naira Mkrtchyan, with Horticulture/postharvest practices using the most productive Agricultural region in the world-California’s San Joaquin Valley. The participants, who were horticultural farmers from all over Armenia, had the opportunity to learn about farm-to-fork approach and about the best practices in horticulture. Program delivery focused on three primary areas: Effective Horticultural Practices; Modern Post Harvest Production and Marketing Agricultural Products. The program included lectures from university faculty combined with field visi...
Jul 30 2013
SPREADING FOOD SAFETY KNOWLEDGE THROUGH SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN
Involving youth in USDA Food Safety initiatives is a key element to successfully reaching adolescents with public health messages. Based on desk research done by Louisiana State University Ag Center, the Ukrainian experts along with CARD Food Safety specialists developed the Consumer Awareness Campaign (CAC) document that explains principles and approaches of the campaign and outlines details of particular activities. The campaign is developed in such a way that every component is built to the most possible extent on results of other components, and key target groups of consumers are covered. The awareness campaign pursues two objectives: building of the efficient mechanisms for indirect enforcement through a campaign to increase consumer awareness, and make compliance by food processor...
Oct 25 2013
FOOD SAFETY MODULE FOR ATC SENIOR CLASS
he CARD Food Safety team led by the Department manager Zaruhi Davtyan completed the Food Safety module for the ATC senior class on October 25th. The two month module was divided into weekly classes taught by Ms. Davtyan herself, Knarik Serobyan, Arman Badalyan, Sergey Chakhmakhchyan, Anna Harutyunyan, and Vardan Danghyan. The topics they presented included basics of food safety and hygiene; HACCP in different food industries; introduction to good manufacturing practices (GMP) and the environment of food safety standards.
Jan 14 2014
THE VICE PRIME-MINISTER ARMEN GEVORGYAN’S VISIT TO CARD-SUPPORTED PROJECTS IN LORI MARZ
On January, 22nd, 2014, the vice Prime-Minister and the Minister of Territorial Administration Mr. Armen Gevorgyan, as part of his regional visit to Lori marz, paid visits to the US Government and Austrian Development Agency supported projects among them: the Stepanavan Farm and Veterinary Service Center (FVSC); Asatur Harutyunyan’s dairy farm and Dustr Melania cheese plant in Tashir. Among the dignitaries present were also Lori Marzpet Mr. Arthur Nalbandyan and Stepanavan Mayor Mr. Michael Gharakeshishyan. CARD director Mr. Gagik Sardaryan was invited by the vice Prime-Minister and the Minister of the Territorial Administration to his office to discuss agriculture extension service system in the regions as well as to introduce CARD projects and activities. The first tour wa...
Feb 03 2014
THE VICE PRIME-MINISTER’S VISITS TO US GOV. SUPPORTED PROJECTS CONTINUE
Armenia’s vice Prime-Minister, Minister of Territorial Administration Mr. Armen Gevorgyan continues his visits to the US Government supported projects. After his visit to USDA/CARD-supported projects in Tashir region on January 22nd, he expressed high interest to visit similar projects in other regions of Armenia. Thus, on February 3rd, 2014, his regional visit to Syunik marz included tours to two USDA supported projects among them Borisovka LLC dairy processing plant and Sarnakunq Farm and Veterinary Service Center (FVSC). The Borisovka LCC dairy processing plant was established in 2006 in Tsghuk village. A CARD AgroCredit UCO loan was provided to build a new and improved facility. It started as a small one-room family business processing 40 liters of milk and producing goat chee...
Feb 28 2014
PRESENTATION ON THE BASELINE STUDY OF THE SYUNIK FVSC
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education (ICARE) Foundation, and the Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) presented the Baseline Study of the Syunik pilot Farm and Veterinary Service Center (FVSC) established in 2011 through USDA funds. The study was conducted by the ICARE Foundation in the framework of the USDA-funded Animal Health Program, which is implemented in partnership with CARD Foundation. The presentation was held on May 8, 2013 at the Best Western Congress Hotel, aimed at sharing, discussing and improving the program monitoring as well as getting suggestions for further development of the FVSC model as it is being replicated in other regions of Armenia too. The event was attended by the repr...
Feb 28 2014
EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCE WITH ANAU STUDENTS
The private veterinary clinics and services for large animals need to be addressed in Armenia. In the framework of the USDA Animal Health project, a workshop on the private veterinary business management was conducted at CARD office on March 30, 2013. The training was delivered by an expert from Latvia, Andris Zalitis, who runs the Vidzem private veterinary clinic there. 11 senior students and 1 lecturer from the Veterinary department of the Armenian National Agrarian University (ANAU) were invited to take part. The training was designed to exchange experience with the young generation and stimulate them to think more on developing the private vet sector. “If it works for Latvia, it can be true for Armenia too”, said Mr. Zalitis. The key message of the expert was th...
Feb 28 2014
ARID GOAT BREEDING CENTER HOSTED TALIN FARMERS
CARD Foundation cooperates with many development organizations in Armenia; one of them is World Vision International. Within the framework of such cooperation, on March 26, CARD organized an exchange visit to ARID goat breeding center in the Vayots Dzor region for 11 farmers from Talin region of the Argatsotn marz and 2 World Vision employees from Talin Area Development Program (ADP). During the visit to ARID center, the farmers learned about the daily operation of ARID center and the proper ways of goat farm management, feeding, herd health control and animal care. The farmers were also eager to learn about how the Center cooperates with goat farmers and what kind of services they provide. After the visit to ARID center, the group also visited to one of the leading goat cheese produ...
May 06 2014
ONE REGION, ONE HEALTH CONFERENCE
The animal health sector has been the focal point of the state authorities in Armenia as well as in Georgia during the recent years, as a result of which different projects are being implemented financed both by the state budget as well as with the support of such donor organizations as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC). In May, 2014, the CARD Foundation, in cooperation with the Heifer International Georgia, hosted the “One Region, One Health” regional conference at the Tsaghkadzor Marriott Hotel, in the Kotayk region, under the auspices of the “Animal Health Management in Cross-Border Areas of Armenia and Georgia” project financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC). For the f...
May 15 2014
WORKSHOP ON GREENHOUSE TOMATO GROWING TECHNOLOGY
In April, 2014, CARD organized a workshop on the Greenhouse Tomato Growing Technology in the frame of the USDA-funded Greenhouse Management project component. The seminar was attended by 38 greenhouse farmers from the Armavir, Ararat and Kotayq regions as well as by Armenian National Agrarian University (ANAU) students. The workshop was conducted by the tomato crop specialist Mr. Peter Molnar from the Rijk Zwaan- Dutch seed producing company. During the workshop, Mr. Molnar introduced the trainees to the tomato seed varieties produced by the Rijk Zwaan and offered new hybrids suitable for Armenian soil, climate conditions and the market demand, as well as the pink tomato hybrid which stands out for its bigger size, stronger taste and high sugar content. After the introduction o...
Jul 17 2014
NEW APPROACH FOR THE CONTROL AND PREVENTION OF BRUCELLOSIS
With the aim of discussing and sharing ideas on the control and elimination of brucellosis and the development of Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs) for the implementation of animal health programs, CARD, in the framework of the USDA-funded Animal Health project, organized four-day workshops in mid May. The brucellosis workshop was attended by 30 participants and the SOP workshop by 20 people from the State Food Safety Service (SFSS) and veterinary sanitary, food safety and phyto-sanitary SNCO (State non-commercial Organization). The workshops were conducted by the USDA consultant Dr. Valerie Ragan. She has been working in Armenia since 2006; formerly she worked as the national brucellosis epidemiologist for USDA overseeing the brucellosis eradication program in the U...
Jul 17 2014
COCHRAN FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM FOR ARMENIA AND GEORGIA
Cochran Fellowship Program for Armenia and Georgia on Safe Prescribing of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals in Food Animals was organized at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado in mid spring, 2014. Both private and public sectors from Armenia participated in the program, represented by private practicing veterinarians Aghvan Poghosyan and Simon Martirosyan, as well as a specialist from the RA State Service for Food Safety, Hovhannes Hovhannisyan. The Program was highly evaluated by the participants, since it was a good opportunity for both Armenian and Georgian veterinary specialists to talk about regional problems and challenges in the field of veterinary medicine, relating to antimicrobial drug resistance. It also included discussions about the associated gaps in the fi...
Sep 12 2014
CARD LAUNCHED THE 1ST AGRICULTURAL MAGAZINE
The idea to publish an agricultural magazine has long been discussed by CARD team. A magazine that will transfer and disseminate know-how, information about inputs and agricultural technologies as well as will be a platform for many advanced farmers and agribusinesses to discuss their success stories, problems and future initiatives. Through the USDA funding and encouragement, CARD implemented this new project and launched a new agricultural magazine called “Agromshakuyt”, first time after Armenia gained independence. The initiative has been supported by the RA Ministry of Agriculture. The launch event, hosted on August 27th, 2014, was attended by the state and private sector representatives as well as representatives from the International Organizations. Amon...
Sep 30 2014
EFFICIENT CROP PRODUCTION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
For wheat farming, today it is not only possible but even often necessary to enhance land cultivation practices and shift to no-till technology which will result in improved soil conditions, water and nutrition availability for the plants thus ensure higher yields and improve the efficiency for crop production. The “Efficient Crop Production” two-day conference, held in August, was organized by the Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) Foundation, in the frame of the USDA-funded project, and supported by the John Deere GmbH International, the Bozoyan LTD and the RA Ministry of Agriculture. Nearly 60 people attended the conference: lead farmers from different regions of Armenia, representatives from the leading institutions of the state, private an...
Oct 31 2014
A BIG INITIATIVE TOWARDS THE GREENHOUSE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT OF ARMENIA
The Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) Foundation, with USDA funding and in cooperation with the RA Ministry of Agriculture, has established a Farm Service Center in the community of Darakert in Ararat marz to support the greenhouse and horticultural farmers. For the official opening ceremony, hosted on September 24th, among the honorary guests present were: the RA Minister of Agriculture Mr. Sergo Karapetyan, the Governor of the Ararat Region Mr. Rubik Abrahamyan, the Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Clark Price from the US Embassy in Armenia, the Ambassador of Italy to Armenia Mr. Giovanni Ricciulli, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Georgia and Armenia Mr. Hans Horbach, the USAID Economic Growth Officer Mr. Naren Chanmugam, the USDA FAS Internatio...
Mar 20 2015
The RA MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE MEETS THE USDA DELEGATION
On March 18th, 2015 the RA Minister of Agriculture Mr. Sergo Karapetyan hosted the USDA delegation represented by the director of Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Valerie Ragan (DVM) and the director of Veterinary and Human Health Center Bess Pierce. Valerie R. informed that during the two- week visit, the delegation had meetings with representatives from the sector, and discussed issues particularly on brucellosis control and prevention measures to be undertaken. “We highly prioritize the application of the efficient means for the control of brucellosis in the Republic, and in this regard, we appreciate your support and joint activities with Armenian experts”, mentioned the Minister. During the meeting, both parties specifically focused on the importan...
Jul 02 2015
Wine Sector Development Initiatives
Armenia has been well known for wine production for many centuries. During Soviet times, in 1980’s Armenia annually processed more than two hundred thousand tons of grapes. The industry was particularly specialized in wine, brandy and sparkling wine making. Nearly 25% of brandy produced in the Soviet Union was made in Armenia. In early 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the industry as a whole collapsed and production volumes declined sharply. Wine industry also shrank dramatically. During late 90s and early 2000s the sector started to grow slowly. However, the main driver of the sector was mainly brandy production. During recent years the volumes of wine production also started to recover. Recognizing the importance of the sector for the country’s economy, Governme...
Jul 28 2015
The RA Minister of Agriculture Met with the USDA Under Secretary in Washington DC
During his mission visit to the United States of America, the RA Minister of Agriculture Mr. Sergo Karapetyan had a meeting with the USDA Under Secretary Michael Scuse on July 21st. The meeting was aimed at discussing the USDA-supported projects being implemented in Armenia and pointing out possible cooperation areas in near future. Both parties especially emphasized the importance of brucellosis control and its prevention measures. In this context, a number of issues were paid attention to, among them: preliminary works for the development of national disease program, national strategy for brucellosis control and prevention, vaccinations, animal identification and registration, etc. “The application of effective measures for the control of brucellosis in Armenia is actual nowa...
Jul 28 2015
The RA Minister of Agriculture Awarded Mr. Tim Grosser with a Gold Medal
As part of the visit made to the US, on July 23rd, the RA Ag. Minister was hosted by Tim Grosser-head of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). During the meeting, the parties exchanged ideas on the USDA-supported joint projects, extending projects areas and future cooperation. The Minister put emphasis on Tim Grosser’s personal input and efforts for the development of mutual cooperation, a number of projects implemented in Armenia, and expressed his gratitude for the great work done. “After Armenia’s Independence, nearly for 13 years, you have coordinated the USDA projects and through you support, significant structures have been established in the sector. Ongoing support has been provided to both the public and private sectors”, menti...
Nov 10 2015
Thriving Goat and Dairy Operations Showcase Benefits of U.S. Commitment to Boosting the Armenian Agricultural Sector
On November 5, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr., accompanied by Armenian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Armen Harutyunyan, visited a number of agricultural operations in Vayots Dzor that are thriving with U.S. support. This visit was organized within the framework of the month-long focus on agriculture and rural development launched by the Embassy last week. The trip included a visit to the ARID Goat Breeding Center in Yeghegnadzor, established in 1999 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Marketing Assistance Project. The breeding center helps develop an independent and economically viable means of raising dairy goats in Armenia by using genetic science to improve Armenia’s goat population, and by providing technical assistance, genetic testing, and vete...
Dec 02 2015
The US Ambassador’s First Visit to CARD Office
In the framework of a month-long focus on Agriculture and Rural Development in Armenia undertaken by the US Embassy, the Honorable Ambassador Richard Mills Jr. paid a visit to CARD Foundation office on November 30th, 2015. Mr. Ambassador met with CARD staff members and had short talks with them. As part of his visit, the CARD director Mr. Gagik Sardaryan held a brief presentation on USDA/CARD history, made highlights on sector developments and achievements in partnership with the US Government as well as ongoing US AID funded projects. Mr. Ambassador and the CARD Management had general discussions on Agriculture sector related issues particularly: access to credits in rural areas, possible efforts for branding of local products, Armenia-Turkey border opening issues, Armenia’s trade...
Apr 25 2016
Opening of a New FVSC in Aragatsavan Community
The Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) Foundation has established a Farm and Veterinary Service Center in the Aragatsavan community of Aragatsotn province, within the framework of the USAID-funded Partnerships for Rural Prosperity (PRP) program. The specialized center will focus on the development of the veterinary and animal husbandry sector in Armenia and will promote advanced techniques and practices in farm business development. The official launch ceremony of the Farm Service Center (FSC) was held on April 25 with the participation of the RA Minister of Agriculture Mr. Sergo Karapetyan, the head of USAID Armenia Karen Hilliard, RA Deputy Minister of Agriculture Mr. Armen Harutyunyan, CEO of Small and Medium Enterprise Development National Center of Armenia Mr. Levon...