Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

CARE/ISET Present EU-funded Value Chain Studies on Georgian Tea and Trout Sectors

Tbilisi, 19/05/2017 - 16:27, UNIQUE ID: 170519_21
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In the framework of the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD), implementing organisation CARE and its partner International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET) presented Value Chain Studies of Georgia’s Tea and Trout Sectors.

Georgia’s Tea Sector Value Chain Study assesses a variety of challenges and opportunities facing the Georgian tea sector. Georgia is one of the northern most tea producing countries in the world. The humid and subtropi­cal Black Sea climate creates ideal conditions for growing tea in Western Georgia. However, the current state of affairs in the Geor­gian tea sector is rather grim. Plantations are over­grown and enterprises engaged in processing are undercapitalized. Furthermore, given the nature of global competition, it has been challenging for Georgian producers and processors to gain a foot­hold on local and international markets. Georgia is currently a net importer of tea, which is surprising consider­ing the sector’s rich history and potential.

 

The Georgian Trout Sector Value Chain Study reviews the status-quo of this sector and discusses the potential development opportunities. As a freshwater resource-rich Caucasian country, Georgia is well-positioned to produce high quality trout. It is one of the new and promising agricultural value chain for Georgia. However, the Georgian trout sector is struggling and facing a number of constraints to further development.

The event was attended by a number of key stakeholders, including representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, the Georgian Farmers Association, tea and trout producer companies, agricultural cooperatives, the ENPARD implementer consortia, sectorial associations and research centers, among others.

Ms. Cristina Casella, Programme Manager at the European Union Delegation to Georgia stated that,

these studies help stakeholders to better understand the sector and make evidence-based business or policy decisions. We are happy to contribute in this direction and help Georgia’s agriculture, and economy in general, to become increasingly competitive on the domestic and international markets.

The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 102 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second phase of ENPARD focuses on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities.

More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge

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