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Friday, September 25, 2015

Agricultural cooperatives launch wine production in Imereti with EU support

25.09.2015 (Hvino News). Two agricultural cooperatives in Georgia’s Imereti region - Terjola Wine and Winery Sazano are starting wine production with EU financial support.

On September 24 the  wine production launch ceremony took place in Terjola, Imereti. Two cooperatives recently received co-financing and technical support from the EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) through its implementing partner People in Need / Czech Republic. The Ambassador of Czech Republic to Georgia, Tomáš Pernicky was present at the ceremony, together with representatives from the local governor’s office.

Cooperative Winery Sazano will use the co-financing from the ENPARD programme valued at 76.642 GEL to produce local wines prepared in accordance with EU standards. The total volume of the production for the first year is expected to be 600 litres. Cooperative Terjola Wine received technical equipment for the production, bottling and labelling of high quality wine through ENPARD valued at 74.367 GEL. Terjola Wine will produce three different types of Georgian wines with a total volume of 2,850 litres for the first year with sales expected to reach 72.456 GEL.

The ENPARD grants scheme aims to increase the efficiency of agricultural production and revenue by financially promoting sustainable models of business-oriented agricultural cooperatives.  The grants were awarded following a selection process, to which over 700 small farmers’ groups applied for ENPARD support.The cooperatives who applied for the grants received trainings in business planning and organisational development, as well as technical advice from agricultural experts. The trainings helped the farmers to develop a better understanding of how to manage a cooperative, allocate roles and responsibilities among the members, and direct resources in a fair and effective way. Successful cooperatives produced high-quality business plans and received co-financing and technical support from ENPARD.

The European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development is a five-year programme (March 2013 – March 2018) to reinvigorate the agricultural sector in Georgia with a thorough cooperation of government, civil society, and farmers. The total budget of the programmes is EUR 52 million.

People in Need is a Czech organization that provides relief aid and development assistance, while working to defend human rights and democratic freedom. It has been working in Georgia since 2005 and has offices in Tbilisi and Kutaisi. People in Need works in three main sectors – rural economic development, civic engagement and education through documentary films. Currently, People in Need is implementing projects in Imereti, Racha, Shida Kartli and Tbilisi funded by the European Union and the Czech Development Agency.

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