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The green shoots of growth in Ge
The green shoots of growth in
Georgia: hydroponic farming with EU support
Growing Georgian vegetables by employing the latest European technologies – this
is the motto of one Georgian enterprise which has benefited from EU support and
seen production and profits soar as a result.
Since its establishment, Imereti Greenery has been gradually expanding its
greenhouse coverage and now occupies two hectares of territory in the city of
Samtredia in the western part of Georgia. Lettuce and cucumber here is grown
through hydroponic farming – a modern method of agriculture whereby crops are
cultivated without soil by using mineral nutrients in a water solvent.
Smart use of geothermal waters makes farming at Imereti Greenery much more
efficient and responsible. The producer’s clients comprise of major supermarket
chains and high-class hotels in Georgia.
EU4Business and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are
part of the company’s success story. With the help of the EU-supported Advice
for Small Businesses programme back in early 2016, the enterprise introduced
modern accounting standards which made its financial reporting much more
effective and relations with banks more successful.
Following this support, production was up 75%, profits rose by 380% and the
number of staff grew by 129%.
The EBRD Advice for Small Businesses programme, funded by the EU in the Eastern
Partner countries under its EU4Business initiative, aims to promote good
management in the SME sector by providing assistance to individual enterprises,
helping them to grow their businesses. It supports SMEs to make structural
changes and develop new business skills, helping them to thrive and compete in
market economies. The programme also enables SMEs to access local consulting
services on a cost-sharing basis by providing grants of up to €10,000.
Georgian milk producers learn fr
Georgian milk producers learn from
Italy and the United States
Georgia, as part of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), is open
to imported dairy products from the European Union (EU), but is unable to export
dairy products to the EU because of food safety and milk quality concerns.
For the last few years, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have been
working to help Georgia’s dairy farmers to boost milk productivity and quality.
The second phase of a joint EBRD-FAO project, which began in 2015, is aimed at
improving safety, hygiene and efficiency standards in the country’s dairy
industry and supporting the country’s producers in remaining competitive.
The dairy industry in Georgia is dominated by small-scale farms, and a lack of
coordination between producers makes milk collection more costly and the
upgrading of safety and quality standards more difficult. The recently
established Georgian Milk Producers' Association is sure to play a significant
role in addressing these challenges.
Georgia cooperates with FAO for
Georgia cooperates with FAO for
more sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
The sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture is the focus of an agreement
signed here this week by Georgia and FAO.
The letter of agreement was signed for Georgia by Minister of Environmental
Protection and Agriculture Levan Davitashvili. FAO Deputy Director-General for
Climate and Natural Resources Maria Helena Semedo signed for FAO, on behalf of
the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean.
The agreement calls for the provision to Georgia of technical assistance to
improve data collection, develop sustainable marine aquaculture, build capacity
among experts, and adequately implement control and monitoring systems. The
agreement was signed in the context of the General Fisheries Commission for the
Mediterranean mid-term strategy (2017-2020) for sustainable fisheries in the
Mediterranean and the Black Sea, which looks to adapt to regional priorities and
needs the global targets foreseen in Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Life
“This letter of agreement not only reaffirms FAO’s commitment to Georgia, but
also contributes to achieving the global targets set out in SDG 14, where FAO is
directly assisting countries in the fight to end illegal, unreported and
unregulated fishing,” Semedo said.
Georgia has been a FAO member since 1995 and a cooperating non-contracting party
to the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean since 2015. However,
it is not yet party to the FAO Port State Measures Agreement, which is the first
international treaty designed to end illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
“(This agreement) not only reaffirms FAO’s commitment to Georgia, but also
contributes to achieving the global targetsset out in SDG 14, where FAO is
directly assisting countries in the fight to end illegal, unreported, and
Training to help Georgian farmer
Training to help Georgian farmers
understand EU food safety and quality standards
A training seminar
organised this week in the Georgian capital Tbilisi focused on increasing
awareness of food safety and quality standards, including relevant information
for farmers, farmer groups and cooperatives, in the context of Georgia’s Deep
and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) agreement with the EU.
The seminar gathered representatives of civil society organisations from rural
areas of Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Kakheti and Kvemo Kartli regions.
It covered topics such as food safety requirements for the placement of products
produced in Georgia on the EU market, the difference between the current and
previous food safety systems, good manufacturing practices, good hygiene
practices, food safety management systems, hazard analysis and the Critical
Control Points system.
The training seminar was organised within the EU-funded project "Civil Society
Organizations Supporting Free Trade with Europe". The project is part of the
EU’s assistance to the Government of Georgia in the implementation of the DCFTA,
which will support Georgia's integration into the EU market. The project is
implemented by Czech NGO "People in Need" (PIN) with several partner
organisations in the country.
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