ADA ANIMAL HEALTH
Animal Health Management in Cross Border Areas of Armenia and Georgia
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.
- Artak Khachatryan, Project Coordinator
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...
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...
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...
Sep 25 2012
LAUNCH OF FARM AND VETERINARY SERVICE CENTER IN SHIRAK MARZ
An opening ceremony for the Farm and Veterinary Service Center (FVSC) in Azatan community of the Shirak Marz was held on September 25th, 2012. This is the second center established by CARD Foundation with the financial support of OPEC Fund for International Development andAustrian Development Cooperation (ADC) which supports with the trainings and capacity building. The first one was established in 2011 as part of the USDA-supported Animal Health Project in Sarnakunq community of the Syunik region and served as a unique model. The establishment of such centers is aimed at developing the private veterinary and business service capacities in the country. The Center in Azatan community will also offer a number of services including veterinary services – disease prevention a...
Nov 08 2012
JOINT WORKSHOP ON ANATOMICAL PATHOLOGY OF ANIMAL DISEASES/AGES
September 25th to 27th, the Farm and Veterinary Service Center in Azatan community of the Shirak marz hosted its first group of participants for a 3-day joint workshop which was conducted by the AGES specialist, Mr. Hubert Weinberger, under the auspices of the ADC-funded “Animal Health Management in Cross Border Areas of Armenia and Georgia” project. The joint workshop was designed for 25 state and private veterinarians both from Armenia (Shirak and Lori regions) and Georgia (Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo-Kartli regions), among them 4 women vets. The vets were taught about the Anatomical Pathology of Animal Diseases spread in Armenia and Georgia and in cross-border areas. During the theoretical part, more than 15 PowerPoint present...
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...
Jun 24 2014
BUILDING PRIVATE EXTENSION SERVICE CAPACITIES IN GEORGIA
The “Animal Health Management in Cross-Border Areas of Armenia and Georgia” project financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) is jointly implemented by the Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) Foundation in Armenia and by the Heifer Georgia International. The project is aimed at improving the economic viability at cross-border areas of Armenia and Georgia through awareness building campaigns on prevention and control of trans-boundary diseases, improvement of herd management strategies and development of private veterinary business capacities through application of new techniques and establishment of the Farm and Veterinary Service Centers (FVSCs). The new model of the private extension veterinary and farm services established by CARD Foundation...
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...
Nov 02 2017
Establishment of the “Pedigree Animal Breeders Association”
October 12, 2017 was marked by an important initiative, expected to be undertaken in the country long since. Acting upon the problem, frequently voiced by the farmers, CARD Foundation initiated the establishment of the “Pedigree Animal Breeders Association” with the direct support from the Ministry of Agriculture. Since its establishment, CARD Foundation has carried out activities of artificial insemination and genetic improvement of cattle throughout Armenia. Due to the use of high-quality genetics imported from the United States and European countries, a number of farms have already been replenished with genetically improved animals as a result of a crossbreeding with local breeds. Currently these farms face the problem of proper pedigree animal management and they see the...
May 07 2019
The Importance of Animal Registry and Numbering in Food Safety
On April 28, 2019, a seminar took place at the Agribusiness Teaching Center for the National Agrarian University students within the frames of the ABioNET project. Sergey Chakhmakhchyan, Animal Health and Food Safety expert of the project, funded by the Austrian Development Agency and implemented by the CARD Foundation, presented the importance of animal registry and numbering in food safety. In all countries animal identification and registration has a significant role in the development of economy, especially in agriculture. Historically, animal registration and identification system was established by organizations dealing with pedigree work, for data management of animal genetics, organizing livestock and veterinary work in farms and for improving epidemic situation by Veterinary Co...
May 10 2019
ADA/ HAI&R- II WG Meeting- “ANI PASS” software demonstration
During the meeting of the working group, Food Safety Inspection Body presented the “Ani Pass” multi-purpose integration software, directed to the Animal identification and Registration. Preliminary study showed that it complies with the states’ nowadays requirements, is a means of traceability and can be used in agriculture and food industry. The software has the opportunity of continuous update and modernization, complies with nowadays requirements and after some adjustments it can be applied in comprehensive implementation of Animal Identification and Registration project.
Jun 17 2019
The opening ceremony of "Smart Farm" demonstration farm in Stepanavan
On June 14, 2019, the opening ceremony of "Smart Farm" demonstration farm, implemented by CARD foundation and financed by the Austrian Development Agency, took place in Stepanavan, Lori Region. Officials from RA Ministry of Agriculture, Lori Provincial Administration, international and local organizations, as well as farmers from Marzes were present during the ceremony. The Smart Farms became a reality with funding from the Austrian Development Agency, and later with FAO’s support. The design has been implemented by T.A.H.G. GRIG company, through joint efforts with DeLaval. The farm got the name “Smart”, because the conditions of internal saturation and the territories provided for animals, comply with international standards and requirements. Durin...