EASYCARBON is a simplified tool for calculating GHG emissions in dairy farming developed by the BCTI and IDELE climate experts. This formula is currently being tested and will be available for all countries.
Interview of Philippe AME at the Sommet de l'Elevage by Burcu Cetinkay,a journalist of AGRO TV (Turkey) but also car rally champion, snowboarder... and breeder! On the theme of small and medium-sized farms in third countries:
On the occasion of the Sommet de l'Elevage, the BCTI received the Director General of the "Office de L'Elevage et des Pâturages" (OEP) as well as a delegation of directors from the Ministry of Agriculture of Tunisia. This visit, which had been anticipated for a long time, was an opportunity to sign the renewal of the framework agreement for cooperation between Idele and OEP. A first short-term challenge is already emerging: the design, with technical assistance from the BCTI, of a pilot for the implementation of a revisited animal identification and its associated information system. This phase follows the formulation study conducted by the BCTI, which has just been completed and which provides Tunisia with a complete and budgeted roadmap for the implementation of the national system.
The BCTI team, represented by Mr. Philippe AME and Mr. Vigan DERVISHI, carried out a support and evaluation mission in Albania, within the framework of the IVEA project (Green Routes for Albanian Livestock) from October 26 to 30. This is the 11th expert mission since the launch of the project last March.
The mission was the occasion to organize a visit of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, HE. Mrs. Frida KRICA, to the Technology Transfer Center of Korçë which is hosting many activities of the project. The Minister also had the opportunity to visit a mountain farm near Korçë and to talk at length with the farmers, one of whom is a referent for the IVEA project. The situation of the small and medium-sized farms and the solutions brought by the project were widely discussed both with the operators and with BCTI. Indeed, the Cooperation Office brings to the Ministry an important and appreciated support to the elaboration of strategies aiming at developing these small farms which represent the essential of the production potential but also the biggest potential of improvement... with a very important leverage effect at the national level.
The mission also coincided with the delivery of the first equipment, including solar milk coolers. The cooling tank will be installed at the station of Korçë and the can cooler will be entrusted to a referent sheep breeder of the region of Gjirokastër. This last one will be able, as referent breeder of the IVEA project, to receive trainings of shepherds around the good zootechnical practices given by the service of the vulgarization. He is also expected to lead a first progress group on cheese processing under geographical indication. All the equipment will be delivered by the end of the year and the inauguration is planned for early next year.
The BCTI teams, always in search of a reasoned exploitation of the animal feed in the sometimes difficult regions or with a largely non-conventional feed base, find information for the computation of rations in a free access tool : FEEDIPEDIA
The acute shortage of feedstuffs in Asian, Middle East and African countries has prompted Animal Nutritionists to explore new non-conventional feed resources that do not compete with human food. The most promising among these, available in plenty, are fruit and vegetable wastes (FVWs). Currently most FVWs are dumped in wastelands causing environmental pollution. Citrus fruit (Mausambi/sweet lime or kinnow) waste, available in bulk, is rich in nutrients and bio-active compounds. Studies revealed that kinnow waste, after sun drying or ensiling with poor quality crop residues, can be effectively utilized as animal feed, to enhance animal production, mitigate environmental pollution and decrease feeding cost.
The "International Handbook for Livestock farming advisors" exists now in 5 languages,The printed version is available in French, Arabic, Uzbek an Cinghalese. The English version is yet to be published.
The aim of this handbook is to set out the minimum requirement for successful assistance to livestock farmers.
There are so many unforeseeable external events that can make action useless or ineffective that it is necessary to ensure that advisers have the best possible chance of achieving success.
The endeavour here is to provide personalised support that covers all the technical areas involved in animal production whether involving cattle, sheep, dairy or meat production: forage production, nutrition and rations, reproduction and selective breeding, rearing young livestock, milking and milk quality, housing and equipment.
The economic dimension is not forgotten here given that the main goal for farmers and their families is in many cases to raise their income levels
The rams of Blanche du Massif Central and Ile de France breeds , selected and offered respectively by ROM SELECTION and OSON, arrived at the station in Körçe on June 21: in excellent shape and ready to go!
Their use in purebred or crossbred with local breeds (coupled with a conservation program for these same breeds) will allow, in addition to improving the income of the breeders, to reduce the carbon footprint of the products and a more efficient use of feed.
The follow-up program of genetic improvement starts in September.
From 6 to 8 March 2023 in Tunisia.
Based on the observation that milk is a powerful lever for development, especially in southern countries, the international meetings "Milk, Vector of Development" were created in 2014 in Rennes (France) at the joint initiative of INRAE (UMR STLO) and CIRAD (UMR SELMET) and with the support of Agreenium.
These biennial meetings address all aspects of dairy development, and give the floor to scientific experts, international bodies as well as field actors and policy makers in the North and South. This mix of points of view and experiences is the essence and richness of these Meetings.
The main ambition is to achieve a better coordination of actions around milk and dairy products, with the aim of creating local dynamics for a sustainable development of the dairy sector as well as a reactive and supportive international network.
The conception of the themes addressed is inspired by the evolution of the local dairy industry in an international context. The idea is to stimulate and federate the actors of the dairy sector locally, to shed light on local experiences while placing them in an international context, to show other situations in other countries, to reflect, be inspired and share the best ideas. More concretely, these meetings promote the exchange of experiences on the diversity of dairy development models observed around the world, and link several initiatives and research and development networks.
After Rennes, Rabat and Dakar (see https://www6.inrae.fr/lait-vecteur-developpement), the fourth edition will take place in Tunisia. Based on an international scientific committee, the organization of this edition is provided locally by INRAT and OEP with the support of INRAE, CIRAD and the Institute of Livestock. This edition will address among other topics: the specificity of the Tunisian and Maghrebian dairy sectors; environmental issues and carbon neutrality; the impact of the current international context and turbulence (war-pandemic).
The scientific program will address several topics including:
- Specificities of local and regional dairy sectors
- Sustainability and resilience of the dairy sector
- Evolution and future of the dairy sectors in the context of global turbulence
French is the official language of these meetings. A French-English and English-French translation will be available. In parallel to the scientific conference, a workshop will be organized to promote exchanges between experts and field actors