YEREVAN, October 2. /ARKA/. Armenia’s agriculture ministry and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched a joint pilot project on Wednesday to provide technical and institutional support to veterinary services in Armenia.
FAO Animal Production and Health Officer Andriy Rozstalny, speaking at the launching ceremony held in Yerevan, said the project will be implemented until 2015.
It will foster cooperation between the private and public sectors. It also implies vaccination of animals for prevention of brucellosis.
Rozstalny said the project will be implemented in Syunik province.
Grigory Baghyan, first deputy agriculture minister of Armenia, who spoke at the ceremony as well, said that this project came as continuation of a pilot program implemented jointly with FAO in 2008in Syunik.
“Unfortunately, the project ceased then because of the lack of further financing, and am very glad that the project got second wind today thanks to donors, particularly the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC),” he said.
Zara Alaverdyan, representative of SDC in Armenia, on her side, said the program will contribute to improvement of social situation in the country’s remote areas.
“We have been cooperating with the Armenian agriculture ministry for one decade,” she said. “I think this project will have favorable impacts on social state of residents of Syunik province.”
The project’s budget amounts to $724,300. Its key beneficiaries are farmers and villagers in Syunik province. ----0---