Education for Farmers and Innovative Greenhouses in Samegrelo
12 June 2014. Representatives of the United Nations and Government of Georgia visited Senaki to see the progress of the assistance programme for the displaced and local residents jointly run by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Development Programme.
Niels Scott, Head of the United Nations in Georgia; Simone Wolken, UNHCR Representative in Georgia; Otar Danelia, First Deputy Minister of Agriculture; Ketevan Natriashvili, First Deputy Minister of Education and Science; David Galegashvili, Deputy Minister of Agriculture; and Mamuka Tsotniashvili, Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees, visited an extension centre for farmers and innovative, environment-friendly greenhouses.
The agriculture extension centre provides local farmers with consultation and practical training in a range of issues, including for horticulture, animal husbandry, bee keeping, fruit-growing, veterinary and food processing. More than 700 farmers benefitted from the extension services in 2013 and 2014, and up to 30 demonstration projects were kicked off throughout this time to show the advantages of the up-to-date agriculture technologies.
The innovative greenhouse, one of the most successful demonstration projects, has been established in cooperation with the Senaki branch of Shota Meskhia Teaching University in Zugdidi. It operates with geothermal and solar energy, and is roofed with polycarbonate, a highly lasting material with excellent thermal insulation. The greenhouse is energy efficient and saves up to 60% of electricity to compare with more traditional facilities.
The greenhouse will serve small farmers, most of them displaced, as well as the students of professional education courses. More than 50 students already received practical training in this innovative facility.
Sophie Tchitchinadze, UNDP in Georgia, firstname.lastname@example.org, +995 599 196907 (cell)