• 07 07 2015

The Batumi Agrarian Market and Food Safety and Hygiene Standards

Food Safety and Hygiene in the Agrarian Market of Batumi was the main topic of the ALCP AJ Advisory Committee’s second meeting in Ajara region. The discussion concerned the incompliance of existing situation in Market with FS&H standards and possible risks derived from the meat and dairy products purchased there. Due to the importance and complexity of the issue, key market stakeholders such as representatives of Ajara Government, NFA and Agrarian Market participated in the meeting.

The discussion ended with several important outcomes. For improving the conditions and implementing FS&H standards the administration of the Batumi Agrarian Market will start drafting the project with the facilitation of ALCP AJ programme and with involvement of key stakeholders of Regional Government. The trainings for the market traders and small scale livestock producers on FS&H will be also carried out and media resources involved to increase awareness of the population on these issues.

As Batumi agrarian market is the main supplier for the HoReCa sector and Ajara is a tourist destination with a booming tourism sector, the potential for the supply of safe quality livestock products to the mass market lies in the growing scale of the market and the need for quality food for the HoReCa segment which bolsters the image of a quality tourist destination.