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Georgia Expands Perennial Crops onto Additional 24 000 Hectares

The space of perennial crops (fruits, citrus, vine, tea,) made up 226 143 hectares in 2015, up 24 000 hectares as compared to 2014, the Georgian Agriculture Ministry reports.

Special expansion of perennial crops space is reported in the Regions of Kakheti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Imereti, Shida Kartli and Racha-Lechkhumi.

This advancement was achieved by initiating Plant the Future state program that is being implemented by the Agriculture Ministry projects management agency.

The project aims at upgrading the efficiency of agricultural land plots by planting perennial crops to replace imports and make a maximal use of the exports potential. The Plant the Future project consists of two components – arranging gardens and co-financing seedling farms.

As part of the gardening component, beneficiaries are able to obtain 70% co-financing for arranging gardens and 50% state co-financing for drip irrigation technologies and 50% co-financing for arranging seedling farms.