Veterinary Development conference in Armenia

On November 26-27 in Dilijan a two-day Conference was held aimed at reviewing and discussing solutions to existing problems in veterinary field, exchanging professional experience, and networking.

The conference provided an opportunity for presenting and discussing work done and expected developments and processes in veterinary field at public and private levels, a number of various disease treatment methods, establishment of new cooperation linkages between veterinarians and veterinary input supplier companies.

The conference was organized by “Strategic Development Agency” (SDA) NGO in the framework of “Livestock Development in the South of Armenia” project funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and “Livestock Development in Armenia: South – North” funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation, and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

The long-term goal of above-mentioned programs is to promote inclusive and sustainable agricultural development in livestock dependent communities in both: southern and northern regions of Armenia by enhancing private sector development and activating Armenian-Georgian economic relations.

The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Economy,Food Safety State Inspectorate, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), National Agrarian University of Armenia, “National Association of Veterinarians NGO”, field supplier companies, as well as programs’ beneficiary veterinarians.

 

 

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The 6th Workshop of the Coordination Platform for Sustainable Management of RA’s Natural Fodder AreasTook Place

On November 21 the 6th Workshop of the Coordination Platform for Sustainable Management of RA’s Natural Fodder Areas was held in Yerevan. The main purpose of the workshop was to present the working version of the Concept paper on Sustainable Management of RA Natural Fodder Areas developed in recent months. Among the workshop participants were representatives of the RA National Assembly and various ministries related to the sector, as well as public, international and scientific institutions.

At the beginning of the event, Mr. Ashot Giloyan, the head of the Local government policy department of the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, Mr. Matevos Asatryan, deputy of the RA National Assembly and member of the NA Standing Committee on Territorial Administration, Local Government, Agriculture and Environment and Mr. Ashot Harutyunyan, expert of the same Committee, welcomed the participants and wished them fruitful work. Further, the speakers highlighted the importance of the Platform’s activities and especially its recent initiatives aimed at developing a Concept paper for the sustainable management of natural fodder areas in Armenia and supporting organization of controlled movement of animals in Syunik marz.

A new partner of the Platform – the “National Association of Veterinarians” NGO was welcomed on board during the workshop.

During the workshop, the results and lessons learned from the study tour to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan were presented. The tour was organized by the Platform for the representatives of various stakeholders involved in pasture management sector in order to study the practices of sustainable pasture management in this country. The next section of the workshop was dedicated to the presentation and discussion of the working version of the Concept paper on Sustainable Management of RA Natural Fodder Areas, the development of which was initiated by the Platform and was done by collaborative efforts of national, regional and civil society organizations.

The Coordination Platform for Sustainable Management of RA’s Natural Fodder Areas is a joint initiative of the Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO, Integrated Biodiversity Management in the South Caucasus Program implemented  by the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and CARMAC II project implemented by the RA Ministry of Economy with the support of the World Bank.

 

“AGRO FOOD DRINK TECH Expo Georgia 2019”

“Strategic Development Agency” (SDA) NGO within the framework of “Livestock Development in Armenia: South – North” project (The project is co-financed by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Austrian Development Agency, the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation) from 20 – 22 of November, 2019 Duster Marianna ”, “Berd Dairy”, “Lorva Milk” and “Duster Melania” are participating in “AGRO FOOD DRINK TECH Expo Georgia 2019 ” Food & Beverage in Tbilisi International Exhibition and Sale of Filling and Recycling Equipment.

The exhibition has gained popularity in recent years and is known as the most popular exhibition of food and beverages in the Caucasus, as well as packaging and recycling equipment. It attracts the attention of many buyers, visitors and experts, giving participants the best opportunities to present new products in developing markets in the region.

During the three days of the expo, participants will have the opportunity to showcase their products internationally and to be introduced to new sales markets.

 

“Promoting Partnerships for Effective Work-Based Learning (WBL) Opportunities in VET” project Launch event

The launch event of the “Promoting Partnerships for Effective Work-Based Learning (WBL) Opportunities in VET” project, implemented by the Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO and funded by European Union (EU) took place on October 29.

The main goal of the project is to strengthen the partnership between VET colleges and private sector by piloting WBL in Veterinarian and Milk and Dairy Technologist professions in Goris and Stepanavan State Agricultural Colleges.

Head of the European Union Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Ms. Andrea Wiktorin, RA Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport Mr. Arayik Harutyunyan, Deputy Minister of Economy Ms. Naira Margaryan, Head of VET Department at the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport Mr. Artak Aghbalyan and SDA NGO Chairman Mr. Mkrtich Ayvazyan delivered remarks at the event. Representatives of the Armenian government, National Center for VET development, VET colleges, NGOs and donor organizations active in the field as well as private sector representatives and media have attended the event.

All the speakers gave an importance to developing work-based learning model in vocational education and training, mentioning that it will give an opportunity to match vocational education to the needs of the labour market and will increase employability of young people.

At the end of the event, the Project Manager, Ms. Lilit Hovhannisyan presented project’s goal, objectives and expected results as well as answered to the participants’ questions.

 

First community meat store opening in Sisian community

Initiated by Sisian Municipality, on November 12, 2019 a community meat store was opened in Sisian city. The community store will end up the trade of meat on streets of Sisian and will contribute to sustainable development of the meat market in the community. Establishment of the community meat store became possible thanks to the cooperation of Sisian Municipality and Strategic Development Agency NGO within the framework of the “Livestock Development in the South of Armenia” Project financed by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Opening the community meat store is an important step for both: consumers and farmers. One of the advantages of the facility is that while purchasing fresh meat directly from the producer/farmer, consumer receives incomparably high quality service, as all the veterinary safety and hygiene norms required by the RA legislation are strictly followed. It is expected that the community store will also promote livestock development in rural areas, providing farmers with the opportunity to sell right in the community and have stable income.

During the opening ceremony, Mr. Arthur Sargsyan, the mayor of Sisian, Mr. Georgi Avetisyan, the Head of State Service for Food Safety of Ministry RA and Ms. Zara Allahverdyan, the Head of the Armenian Office of Swiss Cooperation Agency in the South Caucasus gave their welcome speeches.

In his speech, the mayor thanked the organizations supporting the initiative and assured that if the operations of the meat store are effective, steps will be taken to create similar markets in other districts of the city. He also presented certificates of gratuity to the Head of the Armenian Office of Swiss Cooperation Agency in the South Caucasus Zara Allahverdyan and the Chairman of the Strategic Development Agency NGO Mkrtich Ayvazyan.