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FAO helps to improve the animal identification and registration system in Ukraine

FAO helps to improve the animal identification and registration system in Ukraine

2 November 2011, Kyiv: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations held a closing workshop to present the key findings of the Austrian Government funded project “Increasing resilience of small scale farmers to the impacts of soaring food prices by the use of animal identification and registration in Ukraine” GCP/RER/026/AUS.

The workshop participants presented the recommendations of the international consultants and the proposed changes to the business processes of the animal identification and registration system in Ukraine. The concept of a Veterinary Information System was also discussed, taking into account the experience that EU member states have in developing such systems. Based on the workshop results, a discussion was held about the direction of further development of the animal identification and registration system in Ukraine and the implementation of the Veterinary Information System.

One of the main objectives of the project, which has been implemented in the Kyiv, Donetsk and Volyn Regions, was improving the existing animal identification and registration system and achieving an approximation of EU standards in the traceability of livestock products (Regulation (EC) No. 178/2002).

The final workshop was opened with welcoming speeches from Dr. Andriy Rozstalny (FAO Animal Production and Health Officer), Dr. Ivan Bisiuk (the Head of the Ukrainian State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service), the Chief Inspector of Veterinary Medicine of Ukraine and Mr. Igor Botyk (the Director of the state enterprise “Agency of Animal Identification and Registration”). Dr Rozstalnyy expressed gratitude to the Government of Austria for its generous support and to the project beneficiaries - the Agency of Animal Identification and Registration and the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine - for their excellent cooperation and commitment in delivering the project. Dr Bisiuk expressed gratitude to FAO for its continued support and underlined the fact that in 2012 the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service will be responsible for implementing legislation on animal identification and traceability. The National Project Coordinator, Mr Alexander Radionov, reported the main results of the project. In the project framework six missions of international experts were organized, 16 theoretical seminars were conducted and about 400 hours of on-the-job training workshops on working with the Animal Registry for animal identification agents and veterinarian specialists were held. The technical capacities of the Ukrainian State Veterinarian and Phytosanitary Service and the Agency of Animal Identification and Registration were increased in three pilot regions by transferring 110 sets of PCs and 60 netbooks as well as server equipment.

As a result of the project activities, specialists in veterinary medicine from the Kyiv, Donetsk and Volyn regions have started active work with the Registry. Also, control on animal movements has been significantly increased and prerequisites for a livestock product traceability system have been created.

Optimizing the business processes surrounding animal registration and identification, especially in terms of simplifying them and reducing prices for farmers, was another of the project objectives. Further optimization of these processes will be achieved through the Ukrainian State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service’s active participation.

Dr. Hans Schild, the FAO International Consultant presented the concept of a Veterinary Information System. Implementing a system like this would be a logical continuation of the FAO project GCP/RER/026/AUS during which the main animal identification and registration business processes have been reviewed to improve system efficiency. The Veterinary Information System would be based on the existing State Animal Registry. Officials from the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine, regional departments of veterinary medicine and regional veterinary clinics of Kyiv, Donetsk and Volyn Regions, SE “Agency of Animal Identification and Registration”, IFC project “Food Safety in Ukraine” participated in the workshop.

For more information please contact: Victoriya Andriyevska, office UNDP Ukraine, victoria.andrievska@unic.org +38 (044) 254 00 35.

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