“Miss Identification of Kyrgyzstan” (A cow named Zor’ka from the village of Luxembourg in the Kyrgyz Republic gets the electronic passport No 0000000001)

Nov 23, 2016

Photo Credit: Nikita Cherepanov

Kyrgyzstan launches the training of specialists and identification of livestock in accordance with the requirements of the EURASEC.

The start - up practical event within the framework of the project “Education and training of Kyrgyzstani specialists for the organization of the system of livestock identification and tracking within the participation in the Eurasian Economic Union”, supported by the Government of the Russian Federation and implemented by UNDP was held in Kant city. The agenda of the event had two key components:

- UNDP launched a wide - scale campaign to train about 2,500 Kyrgyzstani professionals: veterinarians, farmers, entrepreneurs, operators and registrars in livestock identification and tracking;

- The State Inspectorate for veterinary and phytosanitary safety under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic has opened a pilot phase of practical implementation of the livestock identification and tracking system (LITS) developed within the UN FAO project completed earlier.

This event was preceded by a large and complex work implemented in close cooperation between UNDP and national stakeholders from the agrarian sector of the country. Normative, information and training materials related to the organization and implementation of the livestock identification and tracking system in accordance with the requirements of the national legislation and the EURASEC were presented to the participants.

There was also a demonstration of practical application of the livestock identification and tracking system, based on the modern information and communication technologies. The LITS includes several stages: registration of animals in a mobile application, tagging, entering the data into the system and the register of livestock as well as regular monitoring of changes happening with livestock.

This new direction of work in Kyrgyzstan will be permanently implemented by trained national experts - operators and field registrars (about 2,500 people), training sessions will be arranged for them in all regions of the country.

Each animal thus will get a unique electronic passport, which reflects the entire history of animal life, including information on its origin, health status, vaccination, affiliation with a specific farm or household, movement in the country, etc. The system gives the opportunity not only to track the quality of animals and livestock products, but also to ensure the development of policies for the sustainable development of livestock breeding.

Mr. M. D. Abulgaziev, First Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic said in his speech: “We must create all conditions for our animal farmers to increase livestock productivity, ensuring appropriate control of quality and safety of products and creating favorable conditions for access to domestic and foreign markets.”

Mr. A. M. Mzareulov, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Russian Federation in the Kyrgyz Republic, said: “Based on previous experience of our cooperation with the Kyrgyz Republic in a number of important programs, we are confident that UNDP will implement this project with maximum efficiency. The outcomes of the project will increase the effectiveness of the livestock breeding in your country, attract more investments and allow better use of the competitive advantages and environmental cleanness of animal products of Kyrgyzstan in the markets of Russia and other countries of the EURASEC”.

During the meeting there was an exchange of opinions on measures of effective organization of work to achieve the stated objectives.

Mr. A. N. Avanessov, the UN Resident Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic, said: “The main beneficiaries of the project will be the employees of the livestock sector of Kyrgyzstan. The project will be implemented with the broad involvement of pre - trained national experts, which in itself is a significant contribution to the development of capacity building of governmental and business organizations authorized in accordance with the national laws and regulations of EURASEC. An important factor for the successful and sustainable operation of the system will be permanent work of our national partners on all levels - from central to local, including livestock breeders, veterinarians, farmers and entrepreneurs. We wish them all successes and perseverance in their forthcoming work.”

The meeting was attended by leaders and members of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, representatives of the Office of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the State Inspectorate for veterinary and phytosanitary safety under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Ministry of agriculture, irrigation and food processing industry, other state agencies, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Kyrgyz Republic, the United Nations Development Program, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), veterinarians, entrepreneurs and professionals in the field of animal husbandry, the representatives of ayil okmotus and district organizations.

The main heroine of the event was a cow named Zor’ka, owned by Mr. B. Orozaliev from Luxembourg village. This cow was the first animal from herd of thousands of animals in Kyrgyzstan, which underwent the tagging procedure; the cow received electronic passport No 0000000001.

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Contact Information:

Aigul Bolotova, UNDP Sustainable Development Dimension PR/Communications Specialist, aigul.bolotova@undp.org