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Current issues of brucellosis control in Armenia and Georgia

12/07/2016

UN FAO in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture organized the two-day workshop, entitled 'Current issues of Brucellosis control: Cross-border cooperation between Armenia and Georgia’ within the framework of the project ‘Technical and Institutional Support to Veterinary Services in Armenia’ on July 12, 2016.


More than 45 high officials, representatives from RoA Ministry of Agriculture, State Food Security Service, National Food Agency of Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia, FAO Regional office for Europe and Central Asia, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooroperation (SDC/Switzerland) and Strategic Development Agency, as well as international and national experts of FAO have participated in the workshop and discussed current situation and the experience of the developed countries in this area.


Hovhannes Mkrtchyan, the head of veterinary department under RoA MoA State Food Security Service and Andriy Rozstalnyy, FAO technical project officer welcomed the participants. The local experts presented the experience of brucellosis control and prevention in Syuniq marz. FAO international experts presented standards of brucellosis prevention and control, adopted by the European Union and World Organization for Animal Health, various strategies of brucellosis control, experience of cross-border cooperation in the field of brucellosis control in the countries of the European Union. The project team presented the activities, aimed at brucellosis control and prevention, carried out in Syuniq marz and initial results.


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The overall goal of the ‘Technical and Institutional Support to Veterinary Services in Armenia Project is to strengthen veterinary services, contributing to the improvement of the food safety system and sustainable agricultural development in Armenia. The Project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by FAO and Strategic Development Agency NGO (SDA). The total budget of the Project is USD 724,324.00. Direct beneficiaries are the farmers, and the population in rural communities of Syunik region. The Project impact at the social level will be increased incomes and improved public health standards of the rural population, including women and children.

For more information:

Lusine Ghukasyan
National Communications Consultant
UN Food and Agriculture Organization
lusine.ghukasyan@fao.org