Participation in the Harvest Festival: Rural Life and Traditions

Two partners of Strategic Development Agency’s “Livestock Development in the South of Armenia” Project “Erpin” Agricultural Cooperative and “Liana Grigoryan” SP along with 2 active beneficiaries of “Livestock Development in Armenia: South-North” Project “Grand Milk” LLC and “KaraevKaren” LLC participated in the “Harvest Festival: Rural Life and Traditions”. They presented a wide range of their products. The Harvest Festival: Rural Life and Traditions is organized on an annual basis by Green Lane NGO with the support of local and international organizations. This year the festival took place on 26-27th of September, in Dzoraghbyur village, Green Training Center.

The main goal of the festival is to support the development of rural communities. It is already the fifth year that “Strategic Development Agency” NGO is an organizational partner of the Festival.

Competitions among farmers and their groups took place on 26th of September, as well as interesting events and games for children and teenagers were organized. The Festival was accompanied by live music, traditional songs and dances. The best fruits, vegetables, dairy foods, honey, dried fruits were exhibited during this “tasty” festival and all attendants had a unique chance to taste and later on to buy those. During this festival, farmers from almost all regions of Armenia were willingly presenting their high-quality products with a great taste and look.

Օpen lessons were organized for lecturers teaching “Milk, Dairy Technology” and “Veterinary” profession

On September 25, 2020, within the framework of “VET development in Syunik marz” project open lessons were organized at Armenian National Agrarian University for 8 lecturers teaching “Milk և Dairy Technology” and “Veterinary” professions at Goris State Agricultural College after Professor Kh. Yeritsyan and Sisian branch of Armenian National Agrarian University.

The project is being implemented by “Strategic Development Agency” (SDA) NGO in partnership with the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences of the Bern University of Applied Sciences (HAFL) with the support of HEKS/EPER.

The event was aimed at promoting the exchange of experience between the lecturers teaching in the above-mentioned professions, the study of new teaching methods, the discussion of the perspectives and opportunities for the renewal of teaching process and the acquisition of best practices.

In the course of the lectures, the lecturers had the opportunity to get acquainted with the methods of organizing theoretical and practical courses in both professions, visited the Clinic and Laboratory attached to the University participating in the courses being held. At the end of the lessons, the participants exchanged teaching materials, necessary literature followed by questions, discussions about the process and suggestions on making the arranged lessons more effective.

During the lessons and follow-up discussions, all the rules of anti-epidemic safety caused by the Covid-19 pandemic were observed.

Training on “Successful Environmental Management Experiences in Livestock” was held in the framework of “Green Week”

The “Annual Festival of Rural Life and Traditions” was preceded by “Green Information Week” full of numerous thematic training courses. In the framework of “Green Week” on 25th of September, 2020, a training on “Successful Environmental Management Experiences in Livestock” was held for the beneficiaries of the “Livestock Development in the South of Armenia” project and “Livestock Development in Armenia-South-North” project.
The course consisted of 4 interrelated sub-topics, which were: sustainable management of pastures, proper management of natural resources: water, electricity in production and farming, waste recycling in the livestock sector, hazardous waste management in veterinary. The topic of the training was very actual, as it included both: the presentation of successful experience, as well as the presentation of laws and regulatory norms existing in the field.

 

 

Slaughterhouse veterinarians were awarded training certificates

On 16th of September, 2020, at 11:00 am, the awarding ceremony for participants who successfully passed the training of slaughterhouse veterinary-experts took place in the big hall of ANAU.

The training for slaughterhouse veterinarians was organized by the initiative of the RA Food Safety Inspection Body, with the support of “Livestock Development in the South of Armenia” project implemented by  “Strategic Development Agency” NGO, and funded by “Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’’. The training was organized through the online “Moodle’’ system provided by the National Agrarian University of Armenia.

The aim of the training was to provide trained specialists to all slaughterhouses starting their moderation from 1st of July.

The training of slaughterhouse veterinarians started on June 8, 2020 and ended on August 25. During the first 5 weeks of the training, the participating veterinarians gained theoretical knowledge, and during the last week, they strengthened their knowledge through on-job trainings in slaughterhouses and laboratories.

123 specialists participated in the theoretical online training course for slaughterhouse veterinary-experts.  67 specialists who successfully completed the theoretical and practical courses received a certificate of veterinary expert.

 

The competition on professional knowledge and skills was held

On September 26 and 28 of 2020, within the framework of “VET development in Syunik marz” project a competition on professional knowledge and skills was held at Goris State Agricultural College after Professor Kh. Yeritsyan and “Syunik Animal Market” for a total of 40 students studying the professions of “Milk and Dairy Technology” and “Veterinary”.

 

The project is being implemented by “Strategic Development Agency” (SDA) NGO in partnership with the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences of the Bern University of Applied Sciences (HAFL) and with the support of HEKS/EPER.

The student teams from Yerevan State Armenian-Greek College of Tourism, Service and Food Industry, Stepanavan State Agricultural College named after Professor A. Kalantar, Gavar State Agricultural College named after Academician A. Tamamshev, Goris State Agricultural College after Professor Kh. Yeritsyan, Agricultural College after Anton Kochinyan (Armenian National Agrarian University) took part in the competition.

One lecturer from each educational institution, who had previously been involved in the development of the competition questionnaire and procedures, was one of the members of the committee.

The aim of the event was to strengthen the knowledge and skills and to promote the experience exchange among students in the above-mentioned professions.

During the competition, the teams participated in 5 rounds, which included answering theoretical open and close-ended questions, performing practical tasks, game exercises, and presenting success stories about their profession.

At the end of the competition, the colleges were awarded with certificates for the best performance in the respective rounds.

During the event, all the rules of anti-epidemic safety caused by the Covid-19 pandemic were observed.