June 20, 2014
The second training of Technical Capacity Development on Dairy Cattle, Sheep and Goat Breeding in Afghanistan and Central Asia Countries was held on June 02-20, 2014 at the General Directorate of Agriculture Research and Policy, Livestock Central Research Institute (LCRI) with 10 participants from Afghanistan. LCRI, TIKA and JICA provided two courses, "Animal Nutrition" and "Artificial Insemination (AI) and Embryo Transfer (ET)". The purpose of these courses are to improve knowledge and experiences of technical staffs on ruminant nutrition and preparation of balanced ration and feed evaluation, dairy cattle, sheep and goat breeding, AI and ET techniques.
The participants were able to receive technical knowledge as well as practical knowledge at the laboratories of Lalahan. In addition to the lectures in the laboratories, they went to a field trip to Istanbul from 13-15 June. They visited the veterinary faculty of Istanbul University which is famous for animal cloning technology. The Afghan trainees seemed impressed to see the advanced technology with detailed explanation.
On 19 June, the evaluation meeting was held at the center. JICA Turkey joined it and listened to 3 trainees' presentations. Mr. Niyazi Mohd Wakel who joined the course AI and ET compared the current situation of livestock breeding in Afghanistan with that of Turkey, showing the pictures taken in Afghanistan. Mr. Sadat Sayed Israel who was a trainee in Animal Nutrition course shared what he had learned such as the way of improving animal-food nutrition, how to analyze feeding and how to measure nitrogen. Mr. Ahmadi Shafiq Ahmad learned in the IA & ET course, introduced the process of milk production in Afghanistan using photos and diagrams, at the same time, he shared the idea of establishing a laboratory for ET in his institution in Afghanistan .
The next day, on 20 June, closing ceremony was held with the participation of Director of Livestock Central Research Institute Mr. Muharrem SATILMIS, Chief Representative of JICA Turkey Office, Ms. Mayumi ENDOH, Dr. Bekir ANKARALI, Head of Livestock and Fisheries Department at Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock. Our CR, Ms. Endoh emphasized the importance of disseminating the knowledge and experience they gained through these two courses after going back to Afghanistan. After the closing remarks, LCRI and JICA representatives handed over certificates to each participant.
JICA started its cooperation with the General Directorate of Agriculture Research and Policy, Livestock Central Research Institute in 1999 through sending several Japanese experts and inviting the Turkish researchers to Japan in the field of fertilized egg transplant and artificial insemination. JICA also provided some equipment to strengthen the capacity of the institute.
The third and the last course for the Central Asian countries will be held around June 2015. The person in charge of this project in LCRI, Dr. Sema YAMAN, Head of Feeds and Animal nutrition Department requested JICA to dispatch a Japanese expert for learning such as environment-friendly feeding. LCRI and JICA will discuss the details of the dispatch.