“Look and Learn” is a new campaign of EDKK project, that aims to raise awareness of beneficiary-farmers with trainings, meetings and visiting Demo Plots. Trough the campaign, there was a first activity in Gurjaani city, where project beneficiaries attended the meeting about berry planting, producing and selling. The activity was organized by Georgian Berry Growers’ Association. Besides RDFG project beneficiaries, the representatives of Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia and USAID/REAP project, Serbian expert and members of Berry Growers’ Association participated in the event. Lali Goginava, EDKK project expert and the doctor-professor in fruit-growing field, also attended the meeting.
In the framework of the meeting, there was a presentation of new species of raspberries, blackberries and strawberries and the participants shared their experience in pruning specifics and realization of berries. They also visited Isolda Kitesashvili’s Demo Plot, where Nebojsa Momirovic, Serbian expert demonstrated new technique of berry pruning.
“The meeting was very informative and important for EDKK beneficiaries. They met other berry growers, shared each other’s experience and learned about new achievements in berry production and realization. Besides, meeting foreign expert in berry growing and gaining new contacts was important for them, as they can get new information and share experience in the future as well”. – mentioned Lali Goginava, EDKK project expert.
Out of 16 Demonstration plots, created through the EDKK project, berries were planted in 10 of them. Beneficiaries already received and marketed their first harvest. Currently, in the framework of the project there is a selection process to create new Demo Plots.
The main objective of the project Economic Development through Agricultural Assistance for IDP Farmers in Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti regions (EDKK) is to contribute to the poverty reduction and the social inclusion of the IDP families in Georgia focusing on creation of a strong and competitive rural production, processing and marketing sector that contributes to the economic development and employment. To reach its goals, Demo plots are created – this is a plot in the possession of beneficiaries, that are equipped by a modern agricultural technologies and enables them to get involved in agricultural process and to harvest.
EDKK project is funded by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and supported by World Vision Germany.