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Georgia has exported peach and nectarines amounting to 26, 1 million USD

Since May 1, Georgia has exported 28,7 tonnes of peach and nectarines, which has exceeded 5, 7 tonnes (25%) and 6,9 million USD (36%) in comparison to the previous year. 2021 export has amounted to 26, 1 million GEL. Export has been carried out to the Russian Federation (18,942), tonnes), Armenia (8,156 tonnes), Ukraine (768 tonnes), Azerbaijan (269 tonnes), Kazakhstan (134 tonnes), Belarus (119 tonnes), Moldova (116 tonnes), Poland (98 tonnes) and Slovenia (59 tonnes). 
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Minister Davitashvili met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay

Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Levan Davitashvili met with Mr Francisco Carlos Bustillo Bonasso, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay. In the course of the meeting, attendees scrutinized matters related to trade-economic cooperation matters. Minister Davitashvili delivered an overview of trade relations of Georgia at a broad extent and stressed out about the possibilities to pursue trade relations with the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, as well as share experience in an area of agriculture. “Georgia attains a trustworthy position in an area of animal healthcare. Therefore, export of products of animal origins and live livestock to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay will be an important cooperation, which will be a mutually beneficial action” – Minister Davitashvili stated. “We have demonstrated readiness with an effective and results-based trade relations. I am firm that we will have a successful cooperation with regard to agriculture, as well as livestock areas” – Minister Francisco Carlos Bustillo Bonasso stated.
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The village of Tibaani embraces a new farm with modern technologies

 The first Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Giorgi Khanishvili attended opening of the construction process in the village of Tibaani, which will host a new farm with modern equipment. New farming will embrace Tibaani from the second half of September and it will be fully equipped by the company “Caucasus Genetics”, which will also ensure smooth operation of the farm.  “The new farming will be a comprehensive study-research complex, which will ensure operation of breeding as well as ensure capacity building of the staff. It is crucial to establish the similar farms enterprises at other regions, which will ensure progress of livestock farming. The State has ensured support to each and every direction of agriculture and the respective steps are consistent. We have made efforts to develop farming industry in Georgia and ensure modern standards in the breeding industry. We have a ten-year action plan, which has set forth actions for assisting livestock farming” – Deputy Minister Khanishvili stated.  The farm has resulted form a preferential agro-credit amounting from 325, 000 GEL by the LTD “Butrana”, which has equipped the farm with modern appliances. 
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Deputy Minister Khanishvili and Ada Baset sign an agreement on providing and ensuring the Electronic Integrated Disease Surveillance System (EIDSS)

The first Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA), Mr Giorgi Khanishvili and Head of the Biological Threat Reduction Program at the U.S Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Ada Baset signed an official agreement to provide the MEPA with an Electronic Integrated Disease Surveillance System (EIDSS).  An Electronic Integrated Disease Surveillance System (EIDSS) is a unified database of deceases and serves as an effective tool for exchanging information between the bodies that are part to the epid-oversight integrated national systems. The respective tool is also utilized for a timely notification/reporting, monitoring and analyses. In frames of the Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP), an Electronic Integrated Disease Surveillance System (EIDSS) has been applied to the National Food Agency and the State Laboratory of Agriculture of Georgia since 2004. The system has been gradually applied at each and every regional unit of organizations, which are engaged into laboratories and epidemiological oversight. The first Deputy Minister Khanishvili thanked Head of the Deputy Head of the Biological Threat Reduction Program at the U.S Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Ms Margo Shields for providing meaningful assistance to Georgia with regard to the Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP) and stated that the respective program has been a milestone for ensuring significant progress for bio-security in the country. The first Deputy Minister Khanishvili also stressed out that the U.S Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has been integral into equipping the State Laboratory of Agricuture for covid detection and protection capabilities. “We highly appreciate your assistance and we would like to express our gratitude for it. We have been empowered with a knowledge and expertise, which will assist us to fulfill responsibilities for managing an Electronic Integrated Disease Surveillance System. We have harvested goods of a join cooperation with a hope to deepen our cooperation in the future” – Deputy Minister Khanishvili stated. “I am delighted to thank each one of you for officially signing an agreement, which embraces success of the National Food Agency and the State Laboratory of Agriculture under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia in terms on successful fulfillment of bio-security enhancement. The respective success has emphasized importance of our devoted partner” – Ms Shields stated.
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A new livestock farm opens up at the Dedoplistskaro municipality

A young farmer, Mr Zurab Masurashvili has made a 2,5 million GEL investment for opening up a livestock farm in the Dedoplistskaro municipality, which is equipped with modern appliances; from the respective amount – 1,5 million GEL has been deployed from the State programming, as a preferential agro-credit. The farm employs 10 local and produces 4 tonnes of milk daily. The project is realized at a local market.  Opening of the farm was attended by the first Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA), Mr Giorgi Khanishvili, State Trustee of the Kakheti Region, Mr Irakli Shioshvili, Head of the the Farmers’ Association, Ms Nino Zambakhidze, as well as representatives of the MEPA’s agencies.  “The livestock industry is a rapidly developing area in Georgia, which is highly influenced by the contributions made by the donor organizations. A new farm with modern technologies established in Dedoplistskaro is a success of a young farmer, but also for the whole country, as it demonstrates that farmer industries and livestock area is developing. A successful farm employs dozens of farmers and creates a model of success” – Deputy Minister Giorgi Khanishvili stated. 
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Hazelnut harvest enters an active phase in West Georgia

Hazelnut farmers have embraced a rich and high-quality of harvest. The first Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA), Mr Giorgi Khanishvili and Head of the National Food Agency, Mr Zurab Chekurashvili attended a working meeting at the Tsalenjikha municipality with the agro-cunsultants employed in the “Hazelnut Saving Program”. Parties to the meeting scrutinized incumbent challenges in the hazelnut industry.  “The meeting was crucial for enabling attendees to embrace progress, but also discuss possibilities for implementing modern technologies, as well as challenges which are faced by the farmers. These matters shall be addressed in a comprehensive manner and the respective actions will be set forth in the new programs of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia” – Deputy Minister Khanishvili stated.  The Hazelnut Producers’ Association stated that harvest is improving annually, which has been determined through cooperation between private sector and farmers, as well as deploying consistent policy for enhancing the field. It is crucial to continue actions against the armored stinkbug and ensure treatments set forth within the agro-scheme. The “Hazelnut Saving Program” has been enacted by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia in 2019, together with the Hazelnut Producers’ Association, which entails comprehensive actions. In frames of the program, the State has provided the Association with treatment materials, which has also hosted consultation meetings for the farmers and in cooperation with the respective specialists. 
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Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Ms Nino Tandilashvili attend the “Green Business Forum” organized by the newspaper The Financial

In her speech, Ms Nino Tandilashvili stressed out the projects undertaken by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia as part of the environmental responsibility, as well as actions for separated waste collection and processing waste. “Discussing green business initiatives is crucial for the Ministry as well ensuring more communication; any new obligation or standard requires investments from the private sector. In the respective direction, the Ministry has plans, which will accelerate their operation. The similar forums enjoy meaningful contribution from the State agencies and business sector and it is crucial to continue organizing them in order to identity environmental initiatives and ensure the State support” – Deputy Minister Tandilashvili stated.  Attendees to the Forum scrutinized matters related to green economy and enhancement of green businesses, as well as fostering assistance to small and medium enterprises.  MP Maia Bitadze, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee, Director of Environmental Issues at the “RMG”, Mr Sandro Devidze and Environmental Protection Manager of “Toyota Caucasus”, Ms Salome Mshvildadze attended the Forum.