The EU-financed Animal Husbandry Project, implemented between October 2008 and December 2012, aimed at advising and training livestock farmers to improve farm management (including accounting) and animal breeding practices (feeding, hygiene and animal welfare), as well as strengthening the provision of animal husbandry, farm advisory services and veterinary services.
Key activities included: training local experts/advisors in the provision of animal husbandry advice to farmers, provide animal husbandry advisory services directly to farmers, develop the capacity of veterinarians and support staff, assist in the improvement of services provided by veterinary laboratories, support rural development planning, with respect to animal husbandry, and improve public awareness on the importance of healthy food, food safety and of diseases transmitted from animals to humans (zoonoses).
A total of 39 training courses (with 466 participants) were delivered to animal husbandry advisors, while 206 trainings were provided to 2,991 farmers and herdsmen. Farmer training subjects included animal health, identification, hygiene, nutrition, mastitis, forage crop production, rearing of livestock, farm management, and processing and marketing. Ad hoc advice with farm visits was also provided to 56 individual farmers and twenty three advisory bulletins were published on key topics of interest to farmers.
A total of 69 training sessions were delivered for 649 veterinarians and support staff in subjects such as animal and herd health, notifiable diseases, food safety, mastitis control, reproduction, disease prevention, animal welfare and pharmaceuticals. Pilot epidemiological disease surveillance programmes were undertaken as part of the disease control and eradication plans. Following assessment of the veterinary laboratories technical specifications were drafted for the supply of needed laboratory and supporting equipment and training was provided for laboratory staff on the use and maintenance of the delivered equipment, funded by the EU.
Four information campaigns were implemented on food safety and diseases transmissible from animals to humans.