The European Union (EU), the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have awarded 35 matching grants with a total amount of more than GEL 2 million, covering 40 to 75 percent of farmers’ initial investments in agricultural initiatives.
The grants are part of the second cycle of applications under the ENPARD III programme, which supports food production in Georgia amid the Covid-19 crisis.
investments in support to the recovery of the COVID19 pandemic will allow farmers to install drip irrigation for vegetable production;
24 medium investments, with a grant of a maximum of $50,000 mainly dedicated to mechanization and equipment for cattle farming;
four large-scale initiatives with grants up to $150,000 to equip a dairy factory, a silage production company, a new storage for potatoes, as well as a veterinary production line for phage treatment. These investments are expected to have a catalytic effect as they target bottlenecks in concrete value chains that will allow small and medium farmers to benefit too.