Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Agriculture Minister Otar Shamugia on Thursday reviewed projects in the sector for this year, from the budget of the Preferential Agrocredit Programme to financing for irrigation infrastructure and promotion of the country’s produce.
The Government Administration said the discussion had involved a review of the plan for distributing the budget of the Ministry to the following areas:
The programme for the promotion of hazelnut production will continue in 2023, the body added, noting over 68,000 beneficiaries had registered up to 30,000 hectares of hazelnut farms for the state registry.
Infrastructure projects will also involve installation of 137 new automatic meteorological, hydrological and geological stations across the country, while the network of air quality monitoring facilities will expand by nine automatic stations.
Authorities also plan to restore 1,500 hectares of forest cover and complete cataloguing 215,000 hectares this year.
In the fish farming sector, specific zones for the establishment of aquaculture farms in the Black Sea region will be designated in up to 10 locations this year, for facilitating production of up to 50,000 tonnes in 2023.
In addition, the following projects will be financed with the support of international organisations:
In other details discussed by the officials, food manufacturing facilities in the country will fully switch to the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points safety standard, designed to help protect consumers and increase competitiveness in the sector, starting in June.
The requirement for the switch was outlined in the Georgian Government’s Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement with the European Union.