From February 02-04, 2016 within the framework of “ADA Animal Health Management” project CARD foundation invited a swine nutrition expert Mr. Revaz Lapachi from Nutrimax, Georgia to Armenia.
Nutrimax is an animal feed producing company in Georgia that for already 7 years cooperates with Trouw Nutrition, the Netherlands. The first import of Nutrimax products for swine to Armenia took place in November, 2015. The results were quite positive, and it was decided to organize trainings for the key farmers in Armenia.
The trainings were devoted to “Physiology and nutritional requirements of swine”. They also provided on-farm technical assistance to pig farmers in Ararat and Gegharkunik marzes.
Accompanied with CARD AgroService experts, Mr. Revaz Lapachi visited 3 small to medium sized pig farms in Pokr Vedi village, Ararat marz, that are closely cooperating with Pokr Vedy Farm and Veterinary Service Center (FVSC). Based on this the 3 farmers received consultation on methods how to improve farm management and feeding. Similar trainings were conducted also in Akunk FVSC, Gegharkunik marz for 24 local pig farmers, as well as in CARD office for 17 FVSC managers and veterinarians. During the visits on farm evaluation of farm management and particularly feeding practices were conducted.
Nutrimax feeds are still in trial stage in Armenia, but the results are optimistic. So far 3 different products have been imported, and 3 more is planned to import. It is worth mentioning that both in Georgia and in Armenia the possibilities and the requirements are the same. Both countries need professional support for the further development of farm management and feeding practices.