FAO, EU boost the capacity of female vets in Tajikistan
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According to FAO Office in Tajikistan, this activity is part of a European Union-funded FAO project aimed at supporting the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Veterinary Inspection Service in improved policy formulation. The event brought together animal health specialist women from various cities and districts of the country, including Dushanbe, Vahdat, Norak, Khorog, Khujand, Mastchoh, and Jaihun, providing them a unique opportunity to learn together and share experiences, knowledge, and skills.
The curriculum for the training, tailored specifically for women and youth, covered modules pertaining to the importance of preventative measures, including vaccination, disinfecting livestock and poultry houses, demonstration of birds vaccination, chemical and physical composition of milk, and methods for measuring milk quality.
The training sessions were composed of theoretical and practical parts, whereby the former was delivered by scientists of the Tajik Agrarian University named after Shirinsho Shotemur, the Veterinary Institute, the Livestock Production Institute, and the Institute of Biosafety Problems of the Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences. The practical part took place on farms and milk processing factories in Tursunzoda and Shahrinav districts.
The female vets learned by observing, analyzing, and trying out new ideas. In this way, they could develop solutions to their own problems unlike traditional approaches to animal and dairy production, which rely on extension workers providing advice, which may not always be suitable to farmers’ specific needs.
‘The EU is glad to see that this training for female vets was received with a lot of interest and we hope that the skills acquired will go a long way to support livestock development in Tajikistan’, the European Union Head of Delegation, Ambassador Josefson pointed out.
“Female veterinarians can play a key role in livestock activities of the households in rural areas of the country. By attending this training, they strengthened their knowledge and skills that certainly will advance the services they are delivering in this field. I am very confident that such initiatives can also reduce rural poverty through enhancing safety of animal products for domestic consumption and trade, also decreases losses of the livestock,” emphasized Oleg Guchgeldiyev, FAO representative in Tajikistan.
Livestock represents a natural asset important to present for the future. For example, animals can be the source for expected major family expenditures, such as school fees or social events. Healthy animals are a source of food and sustainable food production.
In this regard, FAO and the EU focus on improving animal health to make livestock production more productive and sustainable, linking animals, humans and the environment in Tajikistan.
Source: Asia Plus