The EU, the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have awarded 35 matching grants for a total of more than GEL 2 million (approximately €0.5 million), covering 40%–75% of farmers’ initial investments in agricultural initiatives.
The grants were part of the second cycle of applications under the third phase of the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD III). The call for applications aimed to support food production in Georgia during the COVID-19 crisis.
Some of the grants supported farmers to install drip irrigation for vegetable production or purchase equipment for cattle farming. Four large-scale initiatives funded by ENPARD III included equipping a dairy factory, a silage production company, a new potato storage building, 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.
Over the next three years, more than GEL 18 million (approximately €5 million) in grants will be provided to Georgian farmers.
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Details about the agricultural grants (in Georgian)