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EAEU countries consolidate efforts to develop livestock breeding

EAEU countries consolidate efforts to develop livestock breeding

2/5/2021

On February 5, the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council approved a Procedure for coordinating and providing analytical support for selection and breeding activities in the field of livestock breeding performed in the Eurasian Economic Union States.

The document was developed in accordance with the Treaty on the Union and the Agreement on measures aimed at unifying selection and breeding of farm animals within the EAEU signed by the Heads of Governments in October 2019.

"The accepted document will enable ensuring the efficient work of the Union countries on developing livestock breeding, implementing promising areas of cooperation and introducing innovative technologies, including genomic selection, in the Member States’ livestock breeding," noted Artak Kamalyan, Member of the Board – EEC Minister in charge of Industry and Agriculture.

This activity is already gathering momentum in the EAEU countries. Introducing genomic selection will accelerate the genetic progress by reducing the time for assessing the breeding value of farm animals by several times.

The Procedure establishes rules of interaction between public authorities, research organizations, laboratories, breeding farms and other subjects of livestock breeding for coordinating and providing analytical support for selection and breeding activities in the EAEU. Besides, a list of organizations that will be engaged in this analytical work has been identified.

After enacting the Procedure, decisions on developing and organizing the pedigree work as well as coordinated actions of public authorities, research institutions and organizations engaged in the field of livestock breeding will be jointly elaborated by the countries during coordinative consultations. This format of work will enable uniting all process participants responsible for conducting stock breeding and to promptly resolve any issues.

Therefore, according to experts, the document will improve the development of selection activities and trade in pedigree stock in the Eurasian Economic Union countries.