Created portable diagnostic veterinary laboratory, and two self-sustaining private sector agricultural industry from ground-up!
1 ) We created the world’s first prototype Portable Diagnostic Veterinary Laboratory, and transported to Armenia in 2015. Three additional Portable Laboratories were delivered in 2016. We are in the process of preparing six additional PDVLs for the other regions that will be delivered during the next two years. The PDVL will help veterinarians in the rural countryside to serve small farm families that otherwise have no means of receiving any assistance – for example: complete blood counts, urinalysis, diagnose common diseases, monitor animal health and provide disease surveillance, on farm, in the field or in a clinic. The lab comes with three power sources – standard A/C electrical current, battery powers or solar panel – making it versatile for use anywhere. This initiative will be a great benefit not only to the people of Armenia, but ultimately, help under-served countries, worldwide, and humanity at large!
To this end, we placed milk collecting and refrigeration tanks in rural communities to help families to sell their surplus milk to the dairy processing facilities. The sites are also used to monitor the quality of the stored milk prior to marketing. The goal is to minimize the spread of zoonotic and infectious diseases among and from animals and plants to humans.
Rejuvenating the Grape and Wine Industries:
2 ) Aphylloxera resistant grape nursery to help rejuvenate centuries old wine industry in the most eastern province of Armenia, Artsakh. The nursery created jobs for 53 farm families year round. The nursery helped save indigenous wine grape varieties – in particular, Khentoghne – form completelybeing vanished. In 1998 there were only 30 acres of vineyard left that use to produce khentoghne grapes. Due to the cuttings produced at the Kheramort nursery inArtsakh, several hundreds of hectares were planted with this unique wine-grape variety, and their harvest is being crashed for red wine. The ATG foundation in Armenia is also in the process of establishing the foundation for a new phylloxera grape nursery in Armenia’s Ararat Valley for the same purpose. (Recently archaeologists uncovered a wine making site in the Areni region of Armenia that arguably is the oldest in the world civilization dating back to between 5000-6500 years ago.) In both cases the ultimate goal is to reduce poverty and help families sustain themselves.
Establishing a private sector Seed multiplication industry and wheat cultivation
3 ) Established Private Sector Seed Industry from ground up in former centrally controlled economic system that includes: a) R&D of new wheat, alfalfa and corn seed varieties; b) seed producers support association; c) network of seed and grain growers and chain of food supply planned to sustain the industry;d) Independent inspection services and quality control mechanism; and e) Certificates to be issued by the Ministry of Agriculture.The project helped increase productivity and income. Families were able to provide to their families and children; over 60% of the seed sown in Armenia is due to the result of our involvement in seed industry. In 2001 for example, the local seed growers were able to supply enough wheat seed to other wheat growers and help save the country from a potential famine.