90 new projects, with a collective investment portfolio of $252 million USD have been implemented in the country, since the establishment of Produce in Georgia.
Today the Economy Ministry and Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili summarised the first annual report of the Produce in Georgia scheme, which aimed to stimulate Georgia’s agricultural sector, and the achievements reached during the past 12 months.
In one or two years Georgia will be able to replace imported agricultural products. I do not mean tropical fruit; I am talking about products that grow in Georgia. We are not against importing products … but our main concern is to develop local production and employ our citizens,” Garibashvili said.
“Georgia has huge potential. It is wrong to believe that Georgia is a poor country and does not have the natural resources. Several months ago I created a program ‘Strong Region for Strong Georgia’ where we learnt the potential of each of Georgia’s regions. I assure you the potential of Georgia is really unique. We found several resources are not being utilised yet,” Garibashvili said.
The Georgian official noted it was shameful that 50 percent of the Georgian population lived in poverty but the Government was doing its best to address this by developing the country’s agricultural sector. However people must also help themselves, he said.
“Not a single inch of land should be left untreated in Georgia. Georgia cannot have a better offer than the Produce in Georgia program or cheap agro-credit. We created unique conditions for entrepreneurs and now it is their turn to be more active,” said Garibashvili