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Syran stands with his cows. He and his family plan to own additional livestock. Photo by Sergey Meloyan, CARMAC Project Coordinator, Heifer Armenia Syran stands with his cows. He and his family plan to own additional livestock. Photo by Sergey Meloyan, CARMAC Project Coordinator, Heifer Armenia

Seyran Hambardzumyan has been a veterinarian for about 40 years.

He helps members of the Pasture User Association cooperative in the remote village of Tatev, Armenia. It's part of the Community Agricultural Resources Management and Competitiveness (CARMAC) project.

CARMAC is of significant importance to rural communities of Armenia. It promotes effective use of existing natural and technical resources and cultivates responsibility and private ownership among farmers.

Seyran and his wife stand in front of their home. Photo by Sergey Meloyan, CARMAC Project Coordinator, Heifer Armenia Seyran and his wife stand in front of their home. Photo by Sergey Meloyan, CARMAC Project Coordinator, Heifer Armenia

Seyran said he is happy his skills and experience benefit his community's well-being. On his watch, no infectious diseases have been recorded among the community's livestock.

Seyran lives with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and grandchild. They own livestock and hope to add more.

“I wish the population and the number of livestock increased in our community. I hope the cooperative will foster the increase of the livestock production in Tatev,” Seyran said.

Seyran believes CARMAC will positively benefit his entire community. New training and practical skills will help co-op members succeed.

He said the co-op has profited from CARMAC's investments, "The cooperative has already received two tractors, one baler and two seeders. Soon we will also receive two mowers, one plow and two rakes."

Improve life for Armenian farmers

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Chelsey McNiel