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Giorgi Misheladze: Georgian Beekeepers Should Analyze Shortcomings to Access EU Market

“Georgia is in the list of third countries from which honey import is allowed to the EU,” Giorgi Misheladze, chairman of the Agricultural Cooperatives Development Agency told Commersant.

However, Misheladze believes that the country faces a problem of  a large number of homogeneous honey and quality honey production.

When  asked of what  the state is doing to develop beekeeping in order to produce quality honey in the country, Misheladze says that “since  2015 we have been collaborating  with cooperatives to provide  bee-keeping cooperatives with modern equipment.

“In parallel, we provide training to improve the skills of beekeepers in Samtskhe-Javakheti, Racha Lechkhumi and Samegrelo”- Misheladze notes.

A total of GEL 630 thousand have been spend  since  2015 for  equipping the beekeepers. According to the chairman of the Cooperatives Development Agency, over time they have to move from amateur beekeeping to industrial production.

This means that the beekeeper  will strive to produce a quality product while various activities will allow Georgian honey to enter the European market.

The main problem faced by Georgian beekeepers is that they don’t  understand what kind of drug in certain period should be used. For this purpose we gave them special equipment to replace the old one and will teach what drugs are recommended to use for bees,” Misheladze points out.