Last week, the EPRD team carried out the third study tour under the project “Technical Assistance in the field of Animal By-products and Animal Waste (ABP/AW) management in Bosnia and Herzegovina”. After the successful visits to Croatia and Poland, the project stakeholders had a chance to get acquainted with the Austrian ABP/AW management system.
Austria was selected as a relevant and suitable destination for our partners in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The complex agenda was aimed at exploring a fully developed ABP/AW system in an “old” EU Member State. The study tour took place in several locations, including Vienna, Linz and the vicinity of Linz. It covered meetings with representatives of the institutions responsible for management of ABP/AW system at central and regional levels. They shared the Austrian experience regarding practical aspects of ABP/AW management, including usage of ABP database, veterinary official controls, on-site checking and implementation and handling of fertilizers. Also, the participants had an opportunity to visit modern ABP/AW utilization facilities, such as a rendering plant for the most dangerous ABP (category 1) in TKV Burgenland, an ABP collection point in TKV Oberösterreich or a slaughterhouse in Berghamer, as well as the Austrian national reference laboratory for veterinary controls.
The study tour was assisted by experts from the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), who supported the participants with their knowledge and experience during the visit.
The two-year project “Technical Assistance in the field of Animal By-products and Animal Waste management in Bosnia and Herzegovina” has been implemented by a consortium led by EPRD since June 2016.