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Levan Davitashvili met with the Minister of Agriculture of Adjara

The Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia,  Levan Davitashvili met with his counterpart -Minister of Agriculture of Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Tite Aroshidze. At the meeting, the participants have been focused on the agricultural development programs. The strategy to combat the brown marmorated stink bug invasion in the country was brought forward by sides, who also highlighted future coordination and cooperation issues. "At the meeting we have discussed future agricultural support plans. It is noteworthy, that our Ministries have close coordination to ensure that agricultural activities are implemented as efficiently as possible " -Levan Davitashvili said. The importance of coordinated work was underlined by the Minister of Agriculture of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Tite Aroshidze. "We brought forward challenges faced by the agricultural sector in Adjara region; Therefore, all agricultural projects are important and should be implemented through our joint efforts "- Tite Aroshidze said. The Deputies of the Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture attended the meeting. 
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New hazelnut enterprise was opened in Samegrelo region

A new hazelnut drying and storage enterprise is opened in village Natsatsu, Zugdidi Municipality, which will serve more than 600 farmers. The plant produces 1000 tons of hazelnut and can store 500 tons of products.“The new enterprise was established with the co-financing of the Georgian Nut Production Association of Georgia (G-HIP) and the” Agrigeorgia-Ferrero”. The Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Yuri Nozadze, Acting Ambassador to USA Elizabeth Rudd and the director of the US Agency for International Development, Peter Weblere attended the meeting.Yuri Nozadze underlined the importance of the hazelnut sector and noted, that similar enterprises are another step taken forward to develop the sector. The US Ambassador, Elizabeth Rudd said, that this is an example of successful cooperation between the state, international organizations and private sector.  
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New Fruit Processing Enterprise is opened

The fruit processing plant is opened in Telavi municipality. The company equipped with modern standards was established through state support under the frame of the "United Agro Project".  The company is a beneficiary of the co-financing project ,,Agro - Processing and Storage Enterprises’’. In total, 2, 500,000 GEL is invested in the company, out of which 975, 402 GEL is a preferential agro credit and 632,835 GEL is a state grant.The Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia,  Levan Davitashvili together with the Kakheti regional governor, Irakli Kadagishvili opened the enterprise, which plans to produce more than 500,000 liters of fruit juice. At the first stage, the products will be sold at the local market. Exports are also planned for the future. 25 people are considered as permanent or fixed-term employees at the company which hires 8 or 10 more people seasonally.By the end of 2018, with the support of the Agriculture Projects Management Agency, International Standards of Food Safety - ISO 22: 000 will be introduced in the company.Since 2013, through state support, 173 new enterprises have been financed under the frame of the  "United Agro Project". 57 new enterprises were created in Kakheti region. The financial support of the state has given the entrepreneurs an additional push to further develop and expand their companies.The Agricultural Projects Management Agency implements the "United Agro Project", which is targeted at the long-term development and aims to create an environment that will promote and increase the competitiveness of the agricultural sector, stable growth of high quality products and introduction of international standards of food safety.
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Germany continues to support environmental protection in Georgia

Under the frame of the working visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, the Deputies of the Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Giorgi Khanishvili and Solomon Pavliashvili met with the representative of the Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of the Federal Republic of Germany, Jürgen Keinhorst.At the meeting, the sides have been focused on the challenges faced by the environmental education and discussed prospects for further cooperation.  The issues for creating the legal basis for the establishment of a biosphere reserve in Georgia, which will be defined in the new law on biodiversity have been discussed by the participants. Biosphere Reserve - is a regional model of sustainable development, which is targeted at promoting the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature, aiming to implement projects through which environmentally friendly manufacturing and traditional farming will be further encouraged.At the meeting, the sides drew their attention to the procedures and final steps towards the establishment of the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Georgia and discussed the possibility of providing further financial support from German side for establishing a biosphere reserve in Kakheti region.The participants underlined the importance of Colchis wetlands and forests to be included in the list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ‘’UNESCO’’ World Heritage Sites.So far 10 environmental protection projects are implemented in Georgia with the financial support of the German government.
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Delegation of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture held a working visit to Germany

The Delegation of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture visited the Federal Republic of Germany. The major objective of the visit is to further deepen bilateral relations and cooperation between Georgia and Germany.Within the visit, the Deputy Ministers, Solomon Pavliashvili and Giorgi Khanishvili met with the Head of the GIZ Eastern Regional Office, Siegmund Müller.At the meeting, the sides were focused on the National Forestry Program, which is targeted at promoting inclusion of all interested groups and facilitating transparency mechanisms in this regard. The participants also discussed issues related to the implementation of the first national inventory in Georgia, improvement of forest management planning, creation of the information and monitoring systems for the forest sector.Under the frame of the visit, the Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Solomon Pavliashvili met with the Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture of the Federal Republic of Germany, Michael Stuebgen.During the meeting, the sides drew their attention to the long history of successful cooperation between the two countries, they mainly focused on the support provided from German side in the forestry sector and assistance to the export of Georgian wine including the development of the national cadastre system of vineyards in Georgia.
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The first meeting of the Beekeeping Advisory Board

The first meeting of the Beekeeping Advisory Board was held at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture. The meeting was chaired by the Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Chairman of the Advisory Board, Levan Davitashvili.At the session the Minister made an opening speech, he underlined endeavors and activities performed for the recognition of Georgian honey on EU market by the relevant agencies of the Ministry, including National Food Agency. Georgia is allowed to export honey to the EU market, we are going to take advantage of this opportunity and we work in various directions - Levan Davitashvili said.These activities are planned to be implemented under the frame of the consolidated Ministry, considering the principles of sustainable management and ecological aspects. According to the Minister, participation in the international exhibitions is very important as it will further boost the popularization of Georgian beekeeping products.Levan Davitashvili instructed relevant services to start preparatory works to introduce Georgian honey to the Montreal international exhibition and congress Apimondia, Canada by the year 2019.The members of the Board discussed issues related to the honey production and export-import statistics, state control of honey and bee-keeping products, capacity of the laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture and future plans, support for primary and processing products under the frame of the cooperation, impacts of climate change on bee characteristics, protected areas and nature reserves, law on bee hive placement in forests, activities of the scientific research center, also plans for conducting trainings for beekeepers and all interested persons in the information and educational center.At the meeting the participants noted, that Georgia records growing tendency of beekeeping and honey production. It’ s noteworthy, that today we have branded packed honey products on the domestic market. As for export, Japan takes the first place, 47% of exported Georgian honey goes to Japan. Export is carried out in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other countries.  
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New refrigerator warehouse complex for fruit and vegetable is operating in the Shida Kartli region

A new enterprise for storing fruit and vegetable was opened in village, Qvenatkotsa, Kareli municipality. The modern agricultural refrigeration system LTD. ‘’Glenber’’ was created through state support, under the frame of the "United Agro Project".The enterprise was financed under the frame of the project  " Co-financing of Agro Processing and Storage Enterprises’’. Overall, GEL 5,000,000 was invested in the enterprise, out of which 600,000 GEL is grant and the remaining part is covered by the beneficiary.The Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Levan Davitashvili together with the First Deputy Governor of Shida-Kartli region, Simon Guledani and Ambassador of Israel to Georgia, Mr. Shabtai Tsur got acquainted with the activities and manufacturing process in the refrigerator warehouse complex.The enterprise is able to store 1,200 tons of different fruits and vegetables per year, furthermore, it has a processing infrastructure and through a unique shock freezing method it can process 10 ton of fruit and vegetables per 24 hours. The product is intended to export to EU markets, Israel, Turkey and Panama.60 people are employed in the refrigerator complex and more 80 are hired seasonally. By the end of 2018, with the support of the Agriculture Projects Management Agency, International Standards of Food Safety - ISO 22: 000 will be introduced in the company.Since 2013, through state support, 173 new enterprises have been financed under the frame of the  "United Agro Project". 20 new enterprises were created in Shida Kartli region. The financial support of the state has given the entrepreneurs an additional push to further develop and expand their companies.The Agricultural Projects Management Agency implements the "United Agro Project", which is targeted at the long-term development and aims to create an environment that will promote and increase the competitiveness of the agricultural sector, stable growth of high quality products and introduction of international standards of food safety.