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The hunting season 2021 will be launched in the fourth Saturday of August

A person willing to hunt the migratory birds shall acquire the following:Pay the respective fee with regard to hunting on migratory birds as set forth by the Law of Georgia on Fees for the Use of Natural Resources of Georgia (10 GEL); within the seven days (including the payment date), a person shall have a document confirming payment or fee whether in a physical or electronic form; During hunting, the respective person shall have a license issued by the relevant agency under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia for keeping and storing that particular hunting weapon.Payment of the fee can be handled at any bank of Georgia, to the State Treasury, the code of the Bank: 220 101 222; account information: №200122900, the budget income treasury code: 3033. The Department of Environmental Supervision under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia ensure an intensified 24/7 monitoring of illegal hunting and violation of hunting rules during the season. Upon detecting a violation, citizens shall dial hot line of the Ministry – 153 (without an index, the call is free of charge and is anonymous), to enable the Department of Environmental Supervision under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia and their regional agency to instantly respond. More information on illegal means of travelling and list, dates and daily limits on migratory birds permitted for hunting, as well as description of fee can be accessed at: mepa.gov.ge
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Minister Davitashvili: “2021 has embraced a successful season for peach harvest, which translates from the Ministry’s consistent policy”

Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Levan Davitashvili visited the village of Chumlaki to observe accommodation process of the peach harvest. Minister Davitashvili met with the representatives and exporters of the freezer industry. The meeting was also attended by Majoritarian MP of Gurjaani municipality, Mr Davit Songhulashvili, State Trustee of the Kakheti region, Mr Irakli Shioshvili and representatives of he local municipalities. “This year, we are embracing a successful season, which has resulted into a record amount of export of peach and nectarines. At this stage, a total amount of exported production amounts to 24 thousand tonnes. I firmly believe that the season will commence successfully in Kakheti. Simultaneously, export will be conducted in Shida Kartli and it will proceed for another month. We have to stress out that the respective success has been translated from a consistent policy. The State has already addressed some of the key weaknesses in the delivery chain, which has mainly dealt with the quality and infrastructure, as we have had deficit of freezer locations. Several years ago, we only had one freezer unit and how there are more than 40. An infrastructure in the village of Chumlaki has been supported by the State co-funding, which will result into a highly competitive Georgian peach at export markets” – Minister Davitashvili stated.Peach realization process will be handled in an organized manner with an open-window principle. The phyto-sanitarians are actively engaged into the process; meanwhile, freezer enterprises have hosted representatives of the customs office to make sure that export in handled undisruptedly. The State-supported green corridor principle has ensured that production is delivered to Larsi customs office.  Apart from Kakheti dwellers, the peach harvest of Kakheti also employs people from other regions of Georgia. 
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As of August 1, Georgia has exported peach and nectarines amounting to 20, 6 million USD

During the period of May 1 – August 1, Georgia has exported 22,9 tonnes of peach and nectarines, amounting to 20, 6 million USD. Export has exceeded 7,2 tonnes (46 %) and 7, 2 million USD (53 %) in comparison to the previous year.Export has been carried out to the Russian Federation (14, 726 tonnes), Armenia (6, 902 tonnes), Ukraine (592 tonnes), Azerbaijan (269 tonnes), Belarus (119 tonnes), Moldova (116 tonnes), Kazakhstan (95 tonnes), and Slovenia (59 tonnes).  
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Minister Davitashvili met with the Head of BP Georgia

Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Levan Davitashvili met with the Head of the Oil and Gas Company BP, Ms Aytan Hajiyeva to discuss enhancement of renewable energy sources in Georgia, as an effort to soften the Climate Change. In the course of the meeting, Minister Davitashvili briefed Ms Khajieva about Georgia’s aspirations and actions toward softening the climate change. “In accordance with the obligations set forth in the Association Agreement with the European Union and aspirations to enhance green economy in the country, Georgia has undertaken numerous meaningful steps. We have already adopted the following three documents – “Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of Georgia”, Climate Change Stategy of Georgia for 2030 and 2021-2023 Action Plan for the Climate Change Strategy of Georgia for 2030. Georgia has already accepted an obligation to decrease greenhouse gas emission at a national level by the year of 2030– to 35 % as a comparison to 1990. The international community makes significant contributions to the respective processes, such as the European Union’s member states and international donor organizations. We are open to any initiative and eager to cooperation with any organization, which will assist Georgia to fulfill obligations set forth within the Association Agreement signed between Georgia and the European Union” – Minister Davitashvili stated.  In the course of the meeting, Head of the BP Georgia, Ms Aytan Hajiyeva stressed out one of the core directions for the company, which is a renewable energy, as well as enhancement of energy sources and ensure access to other modern technologies, which will be a successful action toward softening the Climate Change.“The BP has been operating in Georgia for 25 years. Apart from major projects in Oil and Gas – the company also undertakes projects for economic and environmental strengthening of Georgia’s regions. We plan to develop new opportunities, which will soften the Climate Change. Therefore, we would like to familiarize with an incumbent strategy of Georgia, which will enable the BP to set prospects for specific areas of cooperation” – Ms Aytan Hajiyeva stated. 
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Minister Davitashvili: “The budget has allocated 100 million GEL, which is a tremendous amount, however, we shall strive toward ensuring stability of Georgian wine industry and attain enhancement trend”

“The budget has allocated 100 million GEL, which is a tremendous amount, however, we shall strive toward ensuring stability of Georgian wine industry” – Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia stated.“We await a very high quality of harvest, which will result into an increased quantity. Mr Prime Minister, you have mentioned an increasing number of vineyards and we shall embrace a growing trend in this regard. During an incumbent year and due to the pandemic, there is a certain disbalance between materials and demand of private companies; the latter case if not relevant only for Georgia. I would like to reiterate how difficult circumstances there have been for almost every country. Despite of this, we have an increase in export and we project improvements in data, however, it is not enough as we had aimed higher. We had planned 15 – 20%, while an actual increase has amounted to 7 – 8 %, which has not been sufficient. Therefore, the State shall initiate an intervention to balance the prices and ensure that payments to the farmers are adequate and their enthusiasm is solid to keep them dedicated to their activities throughout upcoming years. This year, around 300, 000 tonnes of grapes have been processes industrially. This will be yet another milestone during Georgia’s Independence, however, we are striving toward increasing export and triple it; we have featured the respective aspirations within our 10-year plan. We need to increase materials base and maintain a trend of cultivating vineyards in Georgia and establishing new enterprises. Therefore, it was a highly responsible decision of ours to make an intervention during an incumbent year to balance and mediate harm caused by the Covid. We are channelling our actions toward ensuring stable development of the industry during upcoming years” – Minister Davitashvili stated. Minister also reiterated that the Ministry has a full readiness to conduct the vintage in an organized manner. “We have had communication with almost every farmer. Since 2014, we have been carrying out electronic pasportization efforts of vineyards. This is a crucial element for quality oversight for a Georgian wine. During an incumbent year, Kakheti and Racha-Lechkhumi region will be fully ensured with electronic passports, which enable us to hold an accurate information about each and every vineyard, which opens up access to making projections on harvest. The latter actions determine trust toward Georgian wine, which shall be ensured at the highest possible level. I am confident that an incumbent vintage will be organized at an outstanding level. I would like to thank my staff for ensuring an undisputed working process amidst the pandemic. Our actions shall span across each and every vineyard, however, we have opened possibilities for farmers, who will be unable to register on time, they will have a possibility to complete it during the vintage itself. I would like to call on farmers to simplify the process for making it easier to accommodate their harvest and decrease queues and ensure pre-registration of vineyards, which has been a possibility at the Racha-Lechkhumi and Kakheti regions. Mr Prime Minister, I am firm that your assistance has ensured a maximal assistance for our Ministry to overcome the challenges” – Minister Davitashvili stated. 
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Minister Levan Davitashvili met with Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, Vahan Kerobyan

Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Levan Davitashvili met with Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, Vahan Kerobyan to scrutinize trade-economic relations between the two countries and embrace prospects for developing these.  “Our countries have a record of successful partnership spanning across many years. We had an interesting meeting with the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, Vahan Kerobyan, who represents the Ministry, which ensures oversight of agricultural matters. We spoke about the Armenian and Georgian interlocutors uniting their forces to utilize free trade agreements for ensuring access of Georgian and Armenian companies to the market” – Minister Davitashvili stated.  The meeting was also attended by Mr Levan Mekhuzla, chairperson of the National Wine Agency and Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia and Director of the Wine-Making Fund.