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The event was held within the FAO project to strengthen institutions and capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture and state veterinary inspection service for policy formulation, funded by the European Union.
The conference took place in the Tajik Agrarian University. Representatives of the Tajik Veterinary Institute, the Institute of Biological Safety Problems, and stakeholder organizations attended. The event provided an occasion for participants to learn about opportunities and challenges of private veterinary services, food security, and access to high quality nutrition in the country.
The programme consisted of presentations on the work of the Tajikistan Veterinary Association in the frame of the project and the importance for designing development strategy of private veterinary practices.
With a growing global population, urbanization and changing food preferences consumption of animal products is expected to increase in the immediate future. A consumption demand will likely fuel the need for livestock expansion as well. Veterinary services should be strengthened for the benefit of people, animals and the environment, considering their vital contribution to livestock supply chains.
“Livestock play a pivotal role in income generation, employment, food and nutrition security for rural communities in Tajikistan. Even minor amounts of animal-sourced food can contribute substantially to the nutritional profile of human diets,” emphasized Oleg Guchgeldiyev, FAO Representative in Tajikistan.
“The FAO office in Tajikistan has the long history of supporting the livestock sector in Tajikistan. The FAO implemented a number of projects to support the development of livestock sector, including the significant contributions to veterinary services. We are committed to support the veterinary subsector with paying the increased attention to strengthen the decease control networks and to enhance the training of students.”
Veterinary activities make a vital contribution to all stages of livestock production from farm to fork by mitigating animal diseases and public health risks, improving levels of production and attaining food quality and safety standards.
“The livestock sector is important to the national economy, contributing to both financial and nutritional needs of the country through meat, and other services,” said Mahmadnazar Kashkulloev, Head of Tajikistan Veterinary Association. “Therefore, the time has come to draft a strategy for development for private veterinary practices.”
Since 2016 the European Union and FAO are working together to support the agricultural policy reforms in the country, including the development of relevant strategies, designing institutional frameworks and strengthening the technical knowledge and skills of government and non-governmental institutions.
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