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Another Memorandum with the Women's Rooms of Ajara

On 18th of July, six Women’s Rooms (WRs) of Ajara region have expanded their linkages by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of Ajara Autonomous Republic. The Ministry will use the Women’s Rooms to reach the rural population though disseminating information and organizing meeting on the health-care programs implemented by the Ministry via WRs.

“The Women’s Rooms in Ajara have already increased women’s involvement in local self-governance. The participation of rural women in social projects is also very important, so we are glad to cooperate with this municipal services to involve more people from rural areas and ensure the proper dissemination of the information about the programmes,” - Zaal Mikeladze, the Minister of Health and Social Affairs.

Photo source: Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of Ajara

OTHER NEWS
27/11/2015
NFA in SJ

Last week, NFA officials met with 19 private sector representatives from dairy and meat sectors in Akhaltsikhe, continuing a series of the meetings held in KK and AJ on new FS&H regulations. Key issues, which could restrict market access, such as form #2 requirements in meat sector and HACCP for dairy sector, were discussed.

19/11/2015
DRR WGs Respond in Emergency

The heavy rain and strong wind in Ajara last week saw the DRRWG hotlines have been flooded with calls in Kobuleti, Khelvachauri, Keda, Shuakhevi and Khulo municipalities. From Wednesday morning till Saturday night (November 11th-14th), the Government of Ajara and all five municipalities declared a state of emergency and announced the DRR WG hotline number on Ajara TV and online for the farmers seeking help. Municipal DRR WG members, along with a geologist and a representative from the Road Department, formed emergency response groups in each municipality to immediately respond to calls.

18/11/2015
Bio Security Points - Coming Soon

Construction of the two Bio Security Points (BSP) on the Animal Movement Routes in Marneuli and Rustavi is now on a final stage.

Each 2000 square meters point is already concreted and fenced and the sheep dips and cattle showers are ready and the site office in place. The 50 ton galvanized water Tanks imported from the UK are installed. For both points the NFA will hire staff including a veterinarian.

12/11/2015
Georgia Interests at Swiss Show

The OLMA trade show – a Swiss Agricultural and Food Fair has been held every year since 1943 in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The year’s 74th exhibition was held from  8-18 of October. 623 exhibitors and 375000 visitors attended the show.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) was the one of the exhibitors this year. The SDC created 8 country stands including that of the Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus.

07/10/2015
Bio Security Build-up
Construction of the two Bio Security Points on the Animal Movement Route is now in full swing in Marneuli and Rustavi municipalities. In a month since works commenced, the main ground works have been completed. 

The NFA announced a tender on September 28th for the construction of two further Bio Security Points of the same design in Dedoplistskaro and Sighnaghi municipalities. The tender winner company was identified on October 5th.

06/10/2015
Advent of Agro-Journalism

For the first time in Georgia 6 universities will soon offer specialized courses on agricultural journalism.

The universities in Batumi, Kutaisi, Gori, Telavi, Akhaltcikhe and Caucasus International Universities in Tbilisi who already offer academic programmes on journalism, mass communications and agricultural education will now add agro journalism. The course prospective tutors have just had Training of Trainers for two days.

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Swiss Delegation in Kvemo Kartli
19/03/2018
On March 16th, 2018 the Alliances Caucasus Programme (www.alcp.ge) funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and implemented by Mercy Corps in Georgia, hosted eighteen Swiss Ambassadors and Mission Directors of Development Cooperation of Switzerland from Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan as well as representatives of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs’ headquarters in Bern.  The visit was part of a regional seminar hosted by the Swiss Ambassador to Georgia and Head of Mission Olivier Burki, Regional Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Georgia. The delegation visited the ALCP supported Roki Ltd a national veterinary inputs supplier; Wool Exporter The Georgian Wool Company; Rustavi Bio Security Point of five such points on the Animal Movement Route for the control of livestock disease; Milkeni Cheese Factory in Rustavi; Marmot Machinery Ltd an  farm inputs supplier and exporter to Armenia and Marneuli Municipality Women’s Room. Georgian government officials accompanied the visit: The Governor of Kvemo Kartli Region and Head of the Regional Division of the National Food Agency met visitors at Rustavi Bio Security Point, they emphasised high importance of this Point and how it helps to prevent spreading of animal disease. The Mayor of Marneuli Municipality hosted visitors at Marneuli Municipality Women’s Room and highlighted the importance of women’s engagement in local decision making process and the role of Women’s Room to empower the local women and help them to better access public services and funding.   
Successful Women – Sustainable Economy – Women's Business Forum in Ajara
9/03/2018
'This forum is the first steps where women economic empowerment starts from. The Ajara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) is ready to support women entrepreneurs and startups. Through the Women’s Room of ACCI we will help them in preparing Business Plans, liaising new business contacts and follow up their way of achieving success in businesses’ - Tamaz Shavadze, Chairman of ACCI. The National Women Business Forum for  300 participants including 180 women entrepreneurs from all regions of Georgia as well as public, private and civil sector organizations concerned with women’s entrepreneurship was held in Batumi on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018. Participants were enthused and galvanized by the stories of successful women entrepreneurs from all walks of life who made up the first part of the forum. Stalls of banks, input supply companies, private sector business support companies and civil societies were set up in the lobby. 'I have never met so many women entrepreneurs and I would like to use this opportunity for exchanging information and experience' – Nino Giorgadze, Entrepreneur from Shida Kartli Region. The event built on the success of the Ajara Business Women’s Forum held of the previous year, brainchild of the Ajara Chamber of Commerce and it’s Ajara Business Women’s Association and the Ajara network of Women’s Rooms. This year’s event saw the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and numerous NGOs join the events support network. This year’s event showcased successful women entrepreneurs from all over Georgia, discussed challenges, introduced opportunities and market matched funds to needs improve communication between entrepreneurs and those with funds to invest in them. EBRD, Bank of Georgia, TBC Bank and Credo Bank were all represented at the forum as were numerous private sector with a stake in seeing successful development of women’s business. ‘I am from Racha, Oni municipality. I run a small guesthouse in my village and arrived here with a hope to find out resources for developing my business’ – Ekaterine Tsikhiseli, from Racha Region.
Moving Forward: Sheep Sector Challenges Discussed at the ALCP Advisory Committee Meeting
1/02/2018
Management of Animal Movement Route (AMR) and Bio Security Points (BSPs) were the main topics discussed at the ALCP’s 9th Advisory Committee meeting on January 31st, 2018. The Minister of Agriculture highlighted the importance of AMR and its Bio Security Points, their importance in underpinning  animal healthcare and livestock export and the need for continued efforts to ensure progress in his opening speech. ‘Despite the positive dynamics there are still challenges and the governmental, non-governmental and private sectors should consolidate to overcome them’ - stated Mr. Davitashvili. Existing gaps in management as well as the positive impact of BSPs were highlighted  at the meeting.  A short film: What shepherds think about the BSP’s available at ALCP/Videos allowed shepherds views to be presented in full. All participants debated responsibility for managing the AMR and its infrastructure. Land overlaps, lack of resting areas, watering points at the Route, issues of concern for decades - were also discussed. ‘I think inclusion of self-governments in provision of BSPs’ operation is quite possible, local residents can be hired there and I’m ready to discuss this issue with the heads of local municipalities of Kvemo Kartli” - Grigol Nemsadze - The State Representative-Governor of KK Region. As a result of this meeting the Regional Government of Kvemo Kartli and the Ministry of Economy have agreed to work together for final resolution of contested land on the route. Existing infrastructural gaps at BSP’s will be also solved in time for spring season, stated  the Head of the NFA. With regards to BSP’s management and its future ownership the issue is clearly on the table for further facilitation and discussion with all interested parties to find the best solution and develop pertinent strategy going forward.
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