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Invisible Tractors for Georgian Farmers

2012-04-05 20:19

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GTimes continues watching the fate of the statements of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and other officials, who love to make promises but do not love to keep it. This time we decided to find out whether the new Minister of Agriculture Zaza Gorozia has provided the rural areas with the tractors "Belarus" as he had promised.


Zaza Gorozia promised to provide the villagers with new tractors, which would help to carry out sowing campaign faster and better, on February 28 this year, during a meeting with President Saakashvili. 100 new tractors were to be brought from Belarus.

And here the spring has come. Ground work has already begun, but tractors haven't come. We headed into the town of Kareli, located in the heart of the country. Local peasants have been awaiting new farm machinery. It turned out that they work the old fashioned way: they are using ten old tractors to plough up the soil.

We had a conversation with the residents of this town. Agriculture is their main occupation. Ilya Gochashvili has got a big family. He owns a plot of land of 1.85 acres. Local residents got these lands in the '90s, after the privatization. Someone has privatized his plot, someone is leasing it. By local standards, Ilya Gochashvili is a fairly large landowner. In addition to one large plot, he has a few more small ones. The whole family is busy cultivating the land. "We used to have a fruit processing plant in the town. It could provide us prosperity. But we have to survive at the expense of farming. Even having such large allotments like mine I manage to provide only the basic needs of my family", the farmer told us.

Region, where the towns of Gori and Kareli are located, are long famous for its orchards. It has ideal climate and good water for this. Moreover, there are water utilities which are providing irrigation of plantations. Earlier, they were maintained by large farms, but now the farmers have to do it themselves.

One cannot say that orchards are in decline. Local apples are being sold throughout Georgia, and even abroad. Still, the majority of local residents get income from the land, growing vegetables and grains. This year the winter lasted really long, and now farmers are afraid of being late for sowing. And state aid in the form of new machinery would have been very useful.

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