Project herder groups have got trans-boundary disease-free status

CPR is implementing ADB TA 9840 project ‘Cooperative-based sustainable agricultural production’ under the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry. For the first time in Mongolia, project herder groups have got the disease free status from major trans-boundary diseases that hinder meat exports in the Tumentsogt soum of Sukhbaatar aimag with long records of FMD. Purpose: •Pilot ways to control animal movements and disease spread by promoting herders’ participation and interest Incentive mechanisms used: •Use formal pastureland use boundaries of herder groups who established agreements with soum Governor •Use the effective rules and standards for examining and declaring disease free

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ENSURE project has delivered the first tangible results in 2020

It was commonly acknowledged that the enormously increased herd size and resulting overgrazing is the major problem lying behind not only declining livestock productivity and persisting rural poverty but also increasing environmental degradation and biodiversity loss in Mongolia. Controlling animal numbers proved to be a hard task as traditionally herders see their livestock as a walking bank, a measure of social status and security. The government’s policy target to reduce the herd size from 43 m in 2008 to 35 m in 2015 under the Mongol Livestock national program has failed and Mongolia counted the highest ever livestock number in

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