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EU-supported Keda LAG Members took a study trip to Poland

EU-supported Keda LAG Members took a study trip to Poland

During 26 February – 2 March, Keda Local Action Group (LAG) members and winemakers from the region participated in a study visit to Poland organized with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture of Adjara A/R and EU ENPARD supported project Keda LEADER.
The study tour was organized by the Malopolska Region Self Government and aimed to exchange experiences and to plan future cooperation between winemakers from Poland and Georgia.
In the framework of the study tour participants visited wine cellars, met with local winemakers, learned about their activities and shared experiences on wine-making and maintenance of the vineyards. In addition, meetings were held with the president of Winemakers’ Association of the Malopolska Region and members of the Polish Local Action Groups. In the framework of the meeting with the chairman of the association, the partnership between Malopolska and Adjara winemakers’ associations was initiated and joint activities were planned both in Poland and Georgia.
Members of Polish LAGs shared their experience of implementing different rural development projects with Keda LAG members. Next visit is planned to Adjara aiming at kicking off joint projects in the framework of this newly established partnership.
The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims at diversifying the local economic activities, improving investment climate, and empowering competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning of rural development.
The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 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 and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.
More information about the Keda Local Action Group (LAG) is available on the official website: www.kedalag.ge