Veterinarian training course on “Maintaining Cattle Reproduction”

On December 14-15, within the framework of the “Livestock Development in Armenia: South-North 2” project implemented by “Strategic Development Agency” NGO, a training course on the topic  “Maintaining Cattle Reproduction” was organized, which was attended by 34 veterinarians and artificial insemination technicians from the target communities of Shirak, Gegharkunik and Syunik regions.

The course was conducted by a veterinarian from the Republic of Belarus and a representative of “BelVetFarma” company. The trainer presented the problems related to the cattle reproduction, the economic consequences and the importance of maintaining the reproductive health of the cattle, as well as the methods of productivity control: synchronization and artificial insemination.

Modern treatment methods and remedies were presented to the participants. The meeting created an opportunity for the participants to to create business contacts with the representatives of “GralVet” LLC, the supplier of veterinary medicine and other supplies.

 

Closing meeting of the “Skills, Knowledge and Intermediation Development” pilot project

On December 9-10 within the framework of the RECONOMY “Skills, Knowledge and Intermediation Development” pilot project implemented by Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO, a concluding meeting was organized with the project partners: Armenian National Agrarian University, Unified Social Service of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of RA, Cheesemakers’ Union of Armenia, Armenian Tourism Federation and Armenian Hikers Association.

During the meeting, the partners shared the results of the program activities and also presented the factors contributing to the successful course of the program and further opportunities for cooperation.

As a summary of the project, the partners were handed certificates of appreciation for their active and effective involvement and implementation of the project.

The “Skills, Knowledge and Intermediation Development” pilot project is implemented by SDA NGO in the framework of RECONOMY.

RECONOMY is a regional inclusive and green economic development program of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in partnership with SDA NGO and others in the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkan countries.

A study visit to the Swiss Confederation for the directors of partner VET institutions and representatives of the private sector

From  November 27th to December 4th, 2022 within the framework of the “Modernizing Vocational Education and Training in Agriculture in Armenia (MAVETA)” project the one-week study visit was organized by the Strategic Development Agency NGO and the Bern University of Applied Sciences/School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences for the directors of partner VET institutions and representatives of the private sector to the Swiss Confederation.

The purpose of the visit was to get acquainted with the VET dual education system of Switzerland and the process of curriculum development. The participants had the opportunity to visit various educational institutions and host companies, learn about the role of host companies and the importance of apprenticeships implemented in the dual VET educational system, as well as the opportunities and limitations of training on home-based farms.  The participants expressed their satisfaction with the multidisciplinary visits and the information gained. They discussed and drew parallels between Armenia’s VET education system and Switzerland’s dual VET. As a result of the visit, within the framework of the MAVETA project, the educational programs of Veterinary, Milk and Dairy Technology, Farming, Agricultural Machinery, Dairy Farm Management, Orchard Horticulture/Nut and Fruit Cultivation will be reviewed and introduced, aligning with the principles of the dual education approach and the demand presented by employers.

 The MAVETA project is funded by a broad coalition of international and local organizations led by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), including the Austrian Development Agency, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Government of Armenia, the Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER) NGO, Izmirlian Foundation, the Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO and Vanand Agro CJSC.

The project’s implementing partners are the GIZ and HEKS/EPER with the involvement of SDA and the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences at the Bern University of Applied Sciences (HAFL).

Two-day training on “Hiking and Adventure Tourism”

On November 3-4, in Ijevan, Tavush region, a two-day training on “Hiking and Adventure Tourism” took place within the framework of Reconomy’s “Skills, Knowledge and Intermediation Development” pilot project, implemented by the Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO. The training was conducted by the Project partner “Armenian Hikers Association”.

The training aimed to equip the participants with practical knowledge contributing to the self-sufficiency of tourism industry employees and (self)employability improvement in the village with high tourism potential.

RECONOMY is a regional inclusive and green economic development program of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in partnership with SDA NGO and others in the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkan countries.

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Training course for veterinarians

To improve the professional knowledge and skills of veterinarians and artificial insemination technicians, on November 2-4, training on the topic “Cattle breeding and ways to improve the breed characteristics of cattle” was organized within the framework of the “Livestock Development in Armenia: South-North 2” Project implemented by the “Strategic Development Agency” NGO. The training was attended by 32 veterinarians and artificial insemination technicians from the target regions of Shirak, Gegharkunik, and Syunik.

The training was held in active discussions, question and answer sessions, and group work, during which the participants received comprehensive knowledge about cattle breeding. The invited trainer presented the features of cattle breeding in the country and the livestock judging techniques, breeding methods, and the importance of artificial insemination for improving the breed characteristics.

After the training, the participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the occupation of “Farmer 6” LLC, which sells veterinary drugs and tools, agricultural products, and provides private veterinary and animal artificial insemination services.

During the meeting, the participants had an opportunity to make business contacts with a supplier who can deliver the necessary items to remote settlements and ensure the stable continuous work of specialists.