The objective of the project is to contribute to poverty reduction in the rural areas of Armenia by devising and implementing income generation schemes through the provision of automated milking units to farming households.
Rationale: Milk production has traditionally been one of the main occupations for rural communities in Armenia. Although milk production in Armenia has increased by approximately 34% over the last 15 years, the country remains a net importer of milk and relies heavily on imported dairy products. There is a serious demand and market for milk and milk by-products in Armenia, and it is believed that dairy farmers have the potential to become real economic anchors within the country. However, due to a lack of capabilities, the industry continues to function at less than 30% of its potential.