Agricultural insurance program becomes more attractive for Georgian farmers


Agricultural insurance program becomes more attractive for Georgian farmers

08/24/2020

The new program will enable Georgian farmers, whose seedlings have been destroyed as a result of the disaster, to receive new, better quality varieties from the government.

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia said at a government meeting that the state will support farmers affected by the disaster with seedlings.

“Natural disasters have affected several regions of Georgia, especially the hailstorm Kakheti region (Eastern Georgia) and Racha (Western Georgia). What is the essence of the changes to the farmer support programs? The Ministry (Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture) is effectively working in the direction of agricultural insurance, but our farmers still need agitation so that they can participate as much as possible in this program and benefit from it, but this is not the main thing. The main thing is that this program did not previously cover seedlings, basically, it covered the risks of the harvest, the risks of its loss. And today we are convinced that many farmers’ seedlings are simply destroyed by the elements. And we made a decision that an additional program will appear under this program (agricultural insurance). This program will enable Georgian farmers, whose seedlings are damaged or destroyed as a result of the disaster, to receive new, better-quality varieties from the government so that they can restore their perennial gardens and, most importantly, it concerns the vine. It is important that the ministry helps, through this program, Georgian farmers, winegrowers to grow higher quality, valuable and more demanded varieties of grapevine, to replace those varieties of grapes that are abundant in Georgia. For example, “Rkatsiteli”, well, this, of course, in the event that such a desire arises.

The program will start this year with farmers affected by the disaster after July 15, 2020 and will continue in the future. This is of great importance, since we will gradually, step by step be able to replace the grapevine and other perennial crops with higher quality and more valuable varieties, ”the Prime Minister of Georgia said.

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Recall that the draft agricultural insurance program was launched in 2014. However, most of the small farmers until recently did not show any particular interest in this program, nevertheless, demanding assistance from the state after each disaster.

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