On 16 June 2017, international organisation “People in Need” (PIN) and its partner “Association of Young Economists of Georgia” presented research report “Agribusiness Needs Assessment”.
The research was conducted with the support of EU, in the framework of European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD), under the PIN’s project “Enhancing Small Farmers’ Cooperation and Productivity in Imereti and Racha Regions”.
In 2014-2016, the Association of Young Economists of Georgia (AYEG) conducted an assessment study of the needs of agribusinesses to learn the challenges faced by farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs and identify potential solutions to the challenges. The assessment results will assist local, regional and central government officials in the joint planning of agriculture development projects in the regions of Imereti and Racha.
At the event, the results and recommendations of the study was shared with stakeholders and other interested parties. Following key issues were discussed: need to increase availability of qualified agronomists and, more essentially, veterinarians; support introduction of high productivity breeds of cattle; prevent hayfields and meadows from erosion; improve the control of crop pests and diseases; need to improve agricultural machinery services; set a system for delivery of trainings and consultations to farmers in the field of agronomy and livestock breeding; support establishment of new food processing and marketing enterprises; support establishment of new food processing and marketing enterprises; invest more resources in reduction of risks and impacts of natural hazards and etc.
Farmers, representatives of Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Agriculture, other government entities and civil societies attended the event.
The government representatives stated that the implementation of the presented recommendations will be evaluated. Participants underlined the importance of such format for formation and development of permanent public dialogue.
The assessment of Agribusiness Needs was carries out with the support of the European Union’s ENPARD programme. Implemented since 2013, the main goal of the ENPARD programme is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia through support to rural development and agriculture.
More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge
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