Georgia continues state programs to support small and medium-sized farms in the framework of the anti-crisis plan

Georgia continues state programs to support small and medium-sized farms in the framework of the anti-crisis plan


Anti-crisis plan “Taking care of the village, about the farmer” adopted against the background of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be implemented in Georgia

Georgia continues to implement state programs to support small and medium-sized farms, developed within the framework of the anti-crisis plan “Caring for the village, for the farmer,” adopted against the background of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture said.

This is, in particular, the program “Incentives for owners of agricultural land”, which provides for direct government subsidies to farmers who own land plots ranging from 0.25 hectares to 10 hectares for the purchase of planting material, fertilizers, chemical and biological protection and plant care , as well as (this applies only to owners of land with an area of ​​1.25 to 10 hectares) to pay for agricultural work. The amount of state subsidies under this program is 200 lari ($ 60.8) per hectare (maximum 2,000 lari / $ 607.9). The amount is reflected on the farmer’s agricultural map in the form of points at the rate of 1 point = 1 lari. According to the ministry, as of September 25, the aforementioned points have already been awarded to more than 160 thousand farmers, the total amount of the state subsidy exceeded 28.1 million lari ($ 8.5 million).

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Within the framework of the program “Assistance with Agrodiesel”, farmers – owners of plots from 0.25 hectares to 100 hectares – are given the opportunity to purchase diesel fuel at a reduced price for agricultural work. The limit established under the benefit is 150 liters per hectare (maximum – 15 thousand liters). To date, more than 121 thousand farmers have already received discount cards for the purchase of agricultural diesel. The total volume of diesel fuel, which is provided for by these cards, is 32 thousand tons.

The state also provides co-financing through the coverage of interest rates on loans to farmers for operating expenses in connection with the cultivation of annual crops under the “Preferential agricultural loan” program (interest rates for the first 6 months are fully covered by the state). As of September 25, the program covers 2,215 agricultural loans worth more than 40 million lari ($ 12.2 million). The state subsidy for these agricultural loans has already amounted to 3.3 million lari ($ 1.0 million).

The program “Assistance to agricultural production” provides for 50% grant support from the state (no more than 50 thousand lari or $ 15.2 thousand) for projects of small and medium-sized farms in three main areas – the purchase of agricultural equipment, the arrangement or modernization of greenhouses and the installation of irrigation systems for annual crops. To date, the program includes 387 beneficiaries, most of whom – 252 – have received a grant for the purchase of equipment.

As noted in the ministry, these and other state support programs in the field of agriculture apply only to farmers who have registered their land plots in the National Register of Real Estate, and have also been registered in a special register of farmers under the Ministry of Agriculture. At the same time, farmers who, for whatever reason, have not yet registered their plots, are given the opportunity to participate in these programs if they register their land by the end of this year. The farmer can make registration in a simplified manner within the framework of the “Project for systemic land registration” implemented by the Ministry of Justice.


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