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EU Supports Development of Agricultural Extension in Georgia

Various agricultural issues were discussed at a meeting recently organised through the EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD).

Among the topics discussed was the creation of an online library to make modern agricultural advice handbooks and guidebooks available for Georgian farmers and extension specialists.

The event was held to support the improvement and development of the agricultural extension services in Georgia supported through ENPARD and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Other than the online library for extension materials, the participants of the meeting also discussed the preparation of an extension communication strategy and the development of a methodology to assess the existing extension materials and prepare an inventory of available materials.

The EU is supporting rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD programme. Aiming to reduce rural poverty, ENPARD has been implemented since 2013, with a total budget of €179.5 million. The first phase of ENPARD focused on developing national agriculture potential, while the second and third phases focus on creating economic opportunities for the rural population that go beyond agricultural activities.