BAKU, 2 April 2019 – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the State Agency for Agricultural Credits and Development under the Ministry of Agriculture organised a stakeholder consultation meeting on the development of the sheep breeding sector.
The meeting brought together the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Safety Agency, other state agencies and associations, international organisations and private sector, farmers, as well as FAO international experts.
The event aimed to proactively engage with relevant actors in the sheep value chain to understand the current status of the sub-sector for live sheep and processed sheep products including meat, hides, skin and wool. It also focused on pending and future challenges, as well as prospects for this sub-sector to contribute to employment, income, environmental and social benefits, and other important economic activities of the Azerbaijani population.
The meeting was organised within the framework of the project on development and application of sustainable sheep production and food value chains, which is funded by the Government of Azerbaijan and implemented as part of the FAO-Azerbaijan Partnership Programme since December 2018. The project aims to sustainably improve the performance of the sheep value chain to address current challenges in breeding and feeding strategies, animal health and transboundary disease control, as well as product development and market linkage.