Holding and Animal Identification and Registration (HAI&R) in Armenia: Preparation - Strengthening of the Animal Health and Animal Breeding and Administrative Capacities
The intended impact of the project is: Improved animal health and animal breeding management leading to higher productivity of cattle and higher income of farmers.
The expected outcome of the project is: Improved farm management at selected pilot farms through development and introduction of the Holding and Animal Identification and Registration system, ready for further nationwide replication.
The following two outputs are expected to be achieved as a result of the project:
Output 1: Awareness of project beneficiaries including state officials, livestock farmers, veterinarians etc. on animal identification and registration, farm management, environmental protection and animal welfare/protection raised.
Output 2: Technical and organizational capacities of veterinarians and livestock farmers on animal identification and registration, farm management, environmental protection and animal welfare/protection strengthened.
Direct project beneficiaries include representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture/Animal Breeding and Veterinary Division; State Service for Food Safety (including regional branches); veterinarians, veterinary students; farmers; the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development; the Ministry of Nature Protection; managers and staff of Farm and Veterinary Service Centers; members of the National Veterinary Association and the Pedigree Animal Breeders Association. The project aims to reach an estimated 284 direct beneficiaries. It will be implemented in the regions of Shirak, Lori, Kotayk, Gegharkunik, and Aragatsotn.
The project activities will include measures to raise the awareness among relevant stakeholders about issues connected to animal identification and registration and to strengthen the capacities of veterinarians, farmers and other beneficiaries in areas including amongst others farm management, environmental protection and animal welfare/protection.
The animal identification and registration is an industry-led trace-back system designed to help trace sources of animal health and food safety problems. The animal identification is intended to strengthen animal health surveillance in the country by identifying and tracking specific animals. Healthy animals and developed agriculture will provide consumer confidence and protect domestic and international markets. Animal identification and registration is critical in maintaining animal health in every herd, as well as for providing real-time information on animal movement and data required for recording of premises, barns, and summer grazing stations. It will enable reliable producers to access markets and prevent unsafe food movement ensuring the quick and accurate handling of emergency situations. Armenia needs to have a system in place that will protect cattle breeders and dairy farmers, so they can freely export and import products and animals around the world.