ENPARD brings together Georgia's potato cooperatives (16/06/2016)

The first Potato Cooperatives’ Forum was held today at the hotel “Tbilisi Marriott”. The forum was organized as part of the EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) by the programme’s implementing partners – Mercy Corps and Oxfam GB. 

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, David Galegashvili and the Head of the Agriculture Cooperatives Development Agency Giorgi Misheladze officially opened the forum.

Representatives of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia, the Laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia, National Food Agency (NFA), Agricultural Cooperatives Development Agency (ACDA), the Scientific-Research Center (SRC), the Akhalkalaki Potato Association, cooperatives, private sector, non-governmental and donor organisations, as well as experts participated in the conference.

The event serves as a coordination platform where potato cooperatives and stakeholders had the opportunity to identify the current challenges in the potato sector and discuss possible successful solutions. The forum also aims to serve as a catalyst for increased cooperation among potato cooperatives, private sector actors and other stakeholders involved in the field.

During the forum participants were introduced to the ongoing and upcoming state programs and initiatives for supporting potato sector, and to modernised legislation and regulations.

For more information please contact Salome Margvelashvili at 551 20 80 38.

Additional Information:
The European Union is currently investing 52 million euros into agriculture and rural development in Georgia as part of the ENPARD programme.
For additional information on ENPARD, please contact:
European Union delegation in Georgia, communications manager:
Mikolaj-Swietopelek.BEKASIAK@eeas.europa.eu
Action Global Communications: ENPARD communications network
maia.chitaia@actionprgroup.com; Tel: 599 490012