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Tengiz Nasaridze meets the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management of Austria, Johannes Funkhauser.

During the meeting, the parties discussed a wide range of topics, such as agrotourism, winemaking, and grain production, and focused on expanding bilateral cooperation in the future.

"Relationships with EU member states and sharing their experience, including Austria's experience in agrotourism and organic farming, are of the utmost importance for us. Moreover, we have taken numerous steps to get closer to the European Union, first and foremost is harmonizing our policy documents and legislative framework," said Mr. Tengiz Nasaridze.

At the meeting with the officials of the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management, the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture, and Austrian municipal authorities, Mr. Nasaridze emphasized the significance of a close partnership between the two countries. He also noted that Georgia carries out several agricultural programs with the support of the Austrian government.

 According to the Austrian Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management, Mr. Johannes Funkhauser, Austria will continue supporting Georgia on its way to the European Union and launching joint projects.

" In agriculture, quality is our top priority. Organic farming makes up about 27% of all farms in Austria. We prioritize the development of biological agriculture and agro-tourism as a source of increasing household income. The countries with small land should focus on producing quality agricultural products, to this end, Georgia should work on occupying this niche", - noted Mr. Johannes Fankhauser.

The Chairman of the National Wine Agency, Mr. Levan Mekhuzla, the Director of the Rural Development Agency, Mr. Davit Tsitlidze, and Heads of relevant departments of the Ministry attended the meeting.