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Levan Davitashvili met with the members of the US Chamber of Commerce

The Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Levan Davitashvili met with the members of the United States Chamber of Commerce. At the meeting, the Minister has been focused on agricultural projects. Levan Davitashvili drew his attention to the greatest challenge facing agricultural sector- such as Brown Marmorated Stink Bug invasion in Georgia and underlined the importance of the business sector support to be engaged in the fight against the dangerous pests."It should be noted, that private companies have an opportunity to offer their resource to government. This will be a very good example of public–private partnership, which on its hand includes raising awareness in environmental and agricultural issues " - said Levan Davitashvili.The sides drew their attention to the sustainable development goals and processes undertaken in the agriculture sector. The Members of the American Chamber of Commerce brought forward environmental measures and their application." We are interested in the needs of the Ministry and how can we as a private sector support  and cooperate with the Georgian Government. We see that agriculture is developing in Georgia, but in terms of the development it is necessary both sides to take further steps forward " - said the President of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, Michael Cougle.The Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Giorgi Khanishvili and members of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States attended the meeting.  
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International Conference on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

"We admit, that a healthy environment is essential for human health and well-being and is an integral part of human rights. The Government of Georgia makes endeavors  to create a safe environment, thus contributing to human health and decreasing pollution- declared the Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Solomon Pavliashvili at the conference " 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda’’.The environmental component is an important part of the sustainable development goals, this process includes municipal waste management, improvement of atmospheric air quality in urban areas, biodiversity protection, as well as sustainable development of forests-was noted by the Deputy Minister.The “2030 Sustainable Development Agenda – Tbilisi Implementation Conference’’ will last for 2 days. The participants will discuss challenges of the sustainable development and make an overview of the practices and experiences .The members of the Parliament, representatives of Government, United Nations and Federal Republic of Germany, also non-governmental organizations participate in the conference. 
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Georgian Government approved an additional support for growing berries

 The changes were implemented in the state project "Plant the Future". A new sub-component "berry crops" was added to the co-financing component of nursery gardens, which considers financing of blueberry, blackberry and raspberry intensive gardens in the specific geographical areas of Georgia. The sub-component provides financial support for the perennial berry plants, arrangement of irrigation system and / or purchasing materials for gardening. Within the scope of the gardens’ component, 100% of the cost of saplings and material for gardening will be financed in case of purchasing saplings at the local market as well as in the case of their import, 100 % of the cost of installation of the drip irrigation system will be financed on the agricultural land plots. A beneficiary - a natural person will be financed for cultivation of a berry garden, if he/she owns no less than 0.15 ha and no more than 0.5 ha. in case of financing the Agricultural cooperative (when the property of an agricultural cooperative is created through contributions (shares) by members (shareholders)), the area of cultivation of the berry garden is determined by the number of agricultural land plots owned by the shareholders, each shareholder should have no more than 0.5 ha. A cooperative obtaining the status of an agricultural cooperative will be funded for planting a garden on at least 5 hectares and receive a single unit stationary refrigerator for primary warehouses with a capacity of 20 tons. The sub-component of the  state project "Plant the Future" will be implemented: in Imereti - Sachkhere, Tkibuli, Chiatura, Kharagauli, Baghdati, Vani, Khoni municipalities and several villages of Zestaponi municipality; Guria - Ozurgeti, Lanchkhuti and Chokhatauri municipalities; Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti - Ambrolauri, Lentekhi, Oni and Tsageri municipalities; Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti - Tsalenjikha, Martvili and Chkhorotsku municipalities. The implementation of the project "Plant the Future" was launched in March, 2015 by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Agricultural Project Management Agency.The project is targeted at the effective use of agricultural land plots, through cultivation of the perennial crops it aims to replace imported products with locally produced ones, increase exports, ensure agro food processing enterprises with raw materials and improve socio-economic condition of rural population.
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The issues to combat brown marmorated stink bug invasion in Georgia was discussed at the Parliament

At the sitting of the Regional Policy and Self-Government Committee, the Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Giorgi Khanishvili presented a detailed report on the implementation of the Government Action Plan.The chemical treatment is underway in West Georgia. The coordination headquarter centers are actively working. The dataset is updated on a daily basis including identification of areas where the invasive pests are mostly spread and due to which the treatment activities are carried out-was noted by Giorgi Khanishvili."Our coordination headquarter center works in an organized way. The automated text messaging service system is operated to inform population about the ongoing activities. Around 110 thousand pheromones are allocated across the country, 150 thousand units of specialized techniques are mobilized. The Ministry has purchased 180,000 liters of bipentrine containing insecticide and 209 thousand liters of oily insecticide. We will have a much better results this year, however it is necessary to engage residents in this process "- said Giorgi Khanishvili.
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National Registration of Forest in Georgia is underway

The first national registration of forest is started in Georgia. According to the Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Solomon Pavliashvili forest registry is a powerful source of information and a tool to implement forest policy and strategic planning."Today, for the first time in Georgia, the national registration of forest is carried out, based on which we will have an opportunity to receive statistical information about forest resources, conduct continuous monitoring of forest condition and do international reporting  on the forest related data "- said Solomoni Pavliashvili.It is noteworthy, that the National Forestry Registry includes all forests in the country, regardless of the governing body and the status of protection. The national registration of forest will enable us to obtain the information on economic characteristics of forest, identifying and assessing the status of forest development and degradation, as well as biodiversity and climate change impacts.The first national forest registration in Georgia is carried out with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany under the frame of the German International Cooperation (GIZ) Program "Integrated Biodiversity Management, South Caucasus’’.The Head of the Department of Economic Cooperation and Development of the Embassy of Germany in Georgia, Daniel Haas declared that, Georgia is ready to implement fundamental reform and introduce sustainable management principles in the forest sector. "Today we are implementing the first national forest inventory in Georgia, our goal is to create a large-scale and transparent data that will facilitate the formation of an effective forest management system in the country. I am happy to launch this project and looking forward for the first results "said Daniel Haas. Within the scope of the event, Solomon Pavliashvili along with the forest registration, planning and monitoring working group members participated in the forest field works in Kojori forest.
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Meeting with the poultry producers and importers

The Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Giorgi Khanishvili together with the officials of relevant agencies held a meeting with poultry producers and importers. The issues related to poultry meat processing, product technology and the amount of water was discussed at the meeting. The Deputy expressed his opinion to address this issue at the legislative level and noted, that the regulation will place local producers and importers in equal conditions.The sides reconfirmed their commitment to continue regular meetings and study the above mentioned points in detail, also to develop legislative initiatives, which subsequently will ensure the delivery of high quality products to consumers.Approximately forty poultry producers and representatives of poultry sector attended the meeting.