Georgian eco-migrant expands broccoli farm with EU, FAO support

  • Georgian farmer has enlarged his broccoli farm in Tsalka, in eastern Georgia with support from the EU and FAO. Photo: Delegation of the European Union to Georgia.

Agenda.ge, 4 Aug 2020 - 18:31, Tbilisi,Georgia

The European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have assisted Georgian eco-migrant Giorgi Abuladze to expand his broccoli farm.

Abuladze has enlarged his broccoli farm in Tsalka, in eastern Georgia with support from the EU and FAO. He was able to plant broccoli on a larger plot and expand local vegetable production. He believes his yield will soon increase significantly and he will be able to sell his products to supermarkets. 

It all started with filling out an application form, and then EU and FAO experts contacted the Abuladze family to find out their needs and future prospects. 

Based on this information, agronomists designed a demo plot, using Abuladze's experience. Finally, with shared knowledge and experience, they began the cultivation of broccoli on 3,500 square meters.

The farmer says that it would have been impossible for him to independently create all the necessary conditions. 

The agronomists helped me to get all the resources necessary for growing broccoli. I expanded my land plot and could grow more broccoli. The EU and FAO not only helped financially, but also gave me the opportunity to learn and apply practically the latest methods,” he said.

Demo plots and field farmer schools are an important component of the EU-funded FAO Support to the Georgian Agricultural Sector. Under this programme, 19 demo plots have been arranged in six different regions of Georgia, and 11 different agricultural crops have been planted on a total area of 18 hectares.

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