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2014-04-16 | News
Actual Issues of The Brucellosis Control In Armenia

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia organized the workshop on Brucellosis Control Strategy and Action Plan in the framework of the project “Technical and Institutional Support to Veterinary Services in Armenia”. The event brought together around 30 senior representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, the State Service for Food Safety (SSFS), the “Veterinary-Sanitary, Food Safety and Phytosanitary Center of Services” SNCO, the “Food Safety Risk Assessment and Analysis Scientific Center” SNCO, the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), as well as the implementing partners FAO and Strategic Development Agency NGO (SDA).

The workshop was opened by Robert Makaryan, Deputy Minister of Agriculture;  Abram Bakhchagulyan, Head of State Service for Food Security of the Ministry of Agriculture; Andriy Rozstalnyy, Animal Production and Health Officer, FAO; and Gayane Nasoyan, Assistant FAO Representative in Armenia. During the workshop speakers presented the European Union and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) standards on brucellosis prevention and control, review of different brucellosis control strategies, shared experience in combating brucellosis in the European Union and proposed recommendations for a multi-year strategic plan on the control and eradication of animal brucellosis in Armenia.

Following the workshop in Yerevan, a regional workshop for community veterinarians and veterinary specialists from SSFS, the “Veterinary-Sanitary, Food Safety and Phytosanitary Center of Services” SNCO and the “Food Safety Risk Assessment and Analysis Scientific Center” SNCO will be organized in Goris on 17th April, 2014.  During the regional workshop the epidemiological fundamentals of brucellosis control, peculiarities of brucellosis vaccines, technical and logistical arrangements for the vaccination campaign against brucellosis will be presented.

The project “Technical and Institutional Support to Veterinary Services in Armenia” was approved by the Government of Armenia on 12 th June, 2013. The Project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by FAO and SDA. The total budget is USD 724,324.00. The goal of the Project is to strengthen veterinary services, contribute to the improvement of the food safety system and sustainable agricultural development in Armenia. Direct beneficiaries are the farmers and the rural population in communities of Syunik marz. The Project impact at the social level will be an increase of incomes and improvement of public health standards of the rural population.

 

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