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The Swiss Agrarian School of the Caucasus in the Dmanisi municipality to welcome the first group of students

The First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Khanashvili visited a new professional college, Swiss Agricultural School Caucasus, in Dmanisi municipality, village Sarkineti. According to the Deputy Ministers' statement, such types of professional institutions will assist in raising the interest among youth in the development of Agriculture and enhancement of knowledge in the field of agriculture.  "The newly established "Swiss Agricultural School Caucasus" is one more testament that the government of Georgia, the Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, the business sector of Georgia, Georgian farmers, entrepreneurs correctly view the economic development of Georgia, and invest in the right way. This type of school provides training of qualified staff, and as a result, those strategic goals, which are seated by the government of Georgia, to strengthen the economy, will be reached” – said Mr. Giorgi Khanashvili.  The professional institution is set up according to the Swiss standard and built by the Georgian-Swiss investment. It aims to specialize staff in cattle breeding, dairy, and cheese processing.  The learning program is elaborated by the main partner Swiss agricultural school Plantahof and maintains a three-year theoretical and practical learning course.   On the territory of the college, there is are Swiss standard modern cheese factory and a livestock farm, where by the lead of professionals, students will get involved in daily work and receive practical knowledge and experience.  The project is implemented with the support of the Swiss Embassy in Georgia and actively cooperates with the Ministery of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, the Farmers Association, and the Ministry of Education and Science. The Swiss Agricultural School Caucasus will accept the first students in November 2021. At this stage, there are ten students in the college, and the college campus is intended for 30 students. 
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The Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr. Iuri Nozadze, is paying an official visit to the Republic of Slovenia.

The Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr. Iuri Nozadze, and the heads of LEPL National Forestry Agency and other appropriate sector departments are paying a visit to the Republic of Slovenia.In frames of the visit, the meetings were held with the representatives of Agriculture of the Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Forestry and National Food, and the State Forestry management institutions.It is noteworthy that the cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Slovenia has been established since supporting the development of integrative forest management approaches to the natural ecosystem in Georgia in 2018. (integrative forest management approaches to the natural ecosystem).On behalf of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, let me express my appreciation and gratitude towards the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the International Cooperation and Development Center of Slovenia for the provided support.In 2020, we signed the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of sustainable management of the forest. I am glad that we have an opportunity to get introduced to the Slovenian forest management practices, which is special across Europe and unites the components of nature conservation and sustainable use of resources – said the Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr. Iuri Nozadze.LEPL National Forestry Agency, with the financial support of the International Cooperation and Development Agency of Slovenia, and technical support of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the company Zavita is implementing a project "Sustainable Forest Management in Adigeni Municipality.  In frames of the project, a multifunctional forest management plan will be prepared for the Adigeni municipality and a timber resources value chain.  The project will provide the involvement of the local population in forestry operations and, the LEPL National forestry Agency will train its staff members as well.The project "Sustainable Forest Management in Adigeni Municipality" will be completed at the end of 2021. The purpose of the project is to assist sustainable use and management of the forest landscape and improvement of the socio-economic level of the local population.