Georgian eco-migrant farmer with international support established modern broccoli production


Georgian eco-migrant farmer with international support established modern broccoli production

08/05/2020

Broccoli is currently being harvested on the farmer’s plot

Farmer Giorgi Abuladze, whose farm is located in Tsalka municipality (Kvemo Kartli region, Eastern Georgia), with the support of the FAO and the European Union, has established a modern broccoli production. Harvesting is currently underway on the farmer’s plot.

Giorgi Abuladze is an eco-migrant who was resettled to Tsalka in 2001 from an avalanche zone in the mountainous part of Adjara (Western Georgia). Initially, the farmer’s family was engaged in the cultivation of various vegetables in small quantities, including potatoes, cabbage, cucumber, and tomato. In 2017, she started growing broccoli as well. Considering that the price of broccoli in Georgia, in comparison with other vegetables, is quite high, the demand for it is almost all year round, and at the same time, a significant part of broccoli in the local market is imported, Georgy Abuladze decided to expand the planting area of ​​this vegetable and turned to FAO for help.

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According to the EU Delegation in Georgia, within the framework of the project “Support by the European Union and FAO to the Agricultural Sector of Georgia”, FAO agronomists helped the farmer to correctly plan a demonstration plot with an area of ​​3.5 thousand square meters and start the production of broccoli to high standards. The farmer was financed almost all the costs associated with the arrangement of the site, trainings were held on growing seedlings and innovative methods of caring for broccoli throughout the cycle. In addition, if necessary, he can always get advice from agronomists.

“With the support of agronomists, I have at hand all the resources needed to grow broccoli and expand the site. Accordingly, I look forward to a larger harvest. The European Union and FAO helped me not only financially, they gave me the opportunity to get acquainted with the innovations and put into practice the newest methods, ”said Giorgi Abuladze.

According to the farmer, he intends to sell the grown harvest through the networks of Georgian supermarkets. The farmer’s immediate plans also include growing other crops using the knowledge gained.

“With funding from the European Union and FAO, a drip irrigation system was installed on a 3.5 thousand square meters area, planting material, seedling cassettes, special polyethylene for mulch, fertilizers, pesticides, etc. were purchased. We also gave the farmer a protective insect screen for the greenhouse, which he installed in the yard of his house, ”said FAO agronomist Demna Martsvaladze.

He pointed out the need for farmers to introduce modern methods of soil and plant care in their farms.

“The world is constantly undergoing global changes. Based on this, innovations must be taken into account in modern agriculture. For example, the resistance of various diseases and pests to conservative methods of plant protection has already been developed, and others are needed. To improve agriculture in Georgia now, more than ever, it is imperative to keep pace with technological development, for example, to introduce drip irrigation systems, mulching, modern sowing methods, ”stressed Demna Martsvaladze.

Arrangement of demonstration plots and farmer field schools is one of the main directions of the project “Support by the European Union and FAO to the agricultural sector of Georgia”. To date, within the framework of this project, 19 demonstration plots have been equipped in 6 regions of Georgia, and 11 different crops have been planted on a total of 18 hectares.

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