First International ATS Platform Partner Workshop held in Bonn / Germany
ADT Projekt GmbH (ADT) and Unternehmensberatung Dr. Karb GmbH (UBK) organized the first International ATS Platform Partner Workshop from 8th – 11th December 2014 in Bonn / Germany. The ATS Team welcomed project partners and associated consultants from five different countries (Germany, Jamaica, Macedonia, Namibia and Tanzania) with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of Jamaica and of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries of Tanzania among the participants. In addition, Dr Badi Besbes from FAO headquarters in Rome attended the workshop.
Dr Polten, head of unit for Animal and Technology of the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture welcomed the participants and emphasized the need to disseminate AIT systems and appreciated the development of the ATS platform which has been partly supported by the innovation programme of the German Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
The workshop started with country reports from Tanzania and Jamaica by presenting their experience gained in the course of the introduction of an animal identification and traceability system on the basis of the ATS platform.
Experiences gained by other projects in the SADC countries, India and South Eastern European countries completed the first workshop day.
The days two and three were dedicated to the review of the methodology of the ATS platform in order to improve the services provided under the ATS platform.
The fact that completely different requirements of the two countries Jamaica and Tanzania were implemented by the ATS platform was considered as success of the ATS platform methodology. The participants clearly addressed the needs for an extension of the platform towards a veterinary information system and a performance recording system including features for the conservation of animal genetic resources.
The workshop was concluded with a field day where the participants were visiting ADT's headquarters in Bonn and introduced to the field implementation of the German AIT system with visiting a livestock farm and a regional data collection centre.
Participants of international ATS platform workshop with Dr. Polten (second from left) from German Ministry of Food and Agriculture.