From November 2012 “Agricultural Extension Services and Pastoral Land Management in Tavush (North Armenia)” Project is implemented which is aimed to poverty reduction, improvement of social- economic condition, as well as protection and sustainable use of natural resources in 8 communities of the region. The beneficiaries of the project are the population in selected 8 rural communities - 12,000 people or more than 3,500 households.
The overall goal of the project is to ensure increased economic opportunities and incomes of the male and female farmers of the target communities by promoting pasture management systems and development of meat and milk markets.
Project components and implemented activities are the following:
• Pasture Management (Inclusive access and sustainable use of pastures), which assumes mobilization of male and female farmers and their capacity building for development and implementation of community pasture management strategies and plans (PMP). “Working groups” on sustainable pasture use and “Pasture Management Plans” were developed in the project target communities. Due to organized trainings, discussions and experience exchange visits capacities of 320 pasture users were improved.
During project implementation 35 stock watering points were constructed and 2400 ha of pastures became accessible, in total 31 km roads were renovated which made accessible 800 ha of communal pastures. Surface improvement was implemented on the 110 ha of degraded pastures (Fertilization, reseeding, stone collection) and 90 ha alfalfa was planted on non-used arable lands to improve fodder balance.
• Access to Market (Improved capacities of actors involved in milk and/or meat value chains), within the framework of which technical support to the milk and meat market players was provided, as well as main market players of milk and meat markets were identified, their needs and capacities were evaluated and analyzed. Co-financing instrument was used to support business opportunities contributing the expansion of milk market in Berd and other regions of RA. As a result, more than 100 farmers in Berd region were provided with the opportunity to supply milk and get the payment regularly.