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Kvezereli the illusionist loses millions2011-04-05 18:11
Georgian parliament is looking for GEL 150 million. Last week deputies held ardent debates and found out a curious fact. As alleged, huge money was allocated for development of the agrarian sector from the state budget. Yet, the money is gone. The opposition suggested that minister of agriculture Bakur Kvezereli be lynched, but the initiative was not favored by the parliamentary majority. Besides, the money was immediately found: Georgian PM Nika Gilauri assured that precious millions are cunningly hidden inside the budget - that is why they are invisible.
Bakur Kvezereli, whose position is as precarious as ever, asserts that his portfolio contains nine agricultural programs. GEL 150 million in question will be added to GEL 69 mln marked in the budget, and the regional leadership is guaranteed.
"Part of the GEL 150 mln amount will be allocated by international financial institutions and foundations that help various countries to develop the agricultural sector. Our goal is to minimize the state's involvement in investing these GEL 150 mln with most part of the amount expected to come from the private sector", - head of the minister of agriculture said presenting good news: foreign companies are returning to Georgia wishing to take part in all agrarian projects.
International donors are a well-known lifesaver for Georgia. However, the opposition is skeptical about the Cabinet's statements and asks for a detailed report. Jondi Bagaturia, leader of Kartuli Dasi party, who initiated failed resignation of Kvezereli regrets that promises made by Mikheil Saakashvili are a fake. As Bagaturia and Levan Vephkhadze of the Christian Democratic faction found out, the draft of amendments to the budget deals with GEL 9 mln only. This ridiculous amount shows the government's refusal to develop agriculture and, logically, dooms any improvement of the social background in Georgia making the sad situation with unemployment still worse.
Over the weekend the minister of agriculture made serious preparations and is now ready to present "exact" figures to the parliamentary majority. As Bakur Kvezereli estimates, GEL 40.5 mln will be spent on the agricultural logistics center, GEL 22 mln on corn drying and storage areas; GEL 29.5 mln on tractors, harvesters and machines; GEL 15 mln on greenhouses for planting stock. The cost sheet includes an experimental plant with point-contact irrigation (GEL 5 mln), implementation of sprinkler irrigators (GEL 5 mln), restoration of drainage collectors in Western Georgia (GEL 5 mln) and implementation of a demonstrative area for bilberry (GEL 3 mln). The republic will pay extra GEL 25 mln for other infrastructural projects.