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Good news from Georgian fields2013-03-12 16:23
A special program on the revival of agriculture was one of the promises of Bidzina Ivanishvili after his victory in the parliamentary election. Today, this program is already operating. How does it work in practice, and how agricultural reform affects the mood of the peasants?
Under the new program, each farmer receives a voucher worth 640 GEL, which he can use to cover the cost of cultivation of the land, and even to expand the business. But the farmers, who were not told how to make the voucher "work", suffer from lack of information on how to use it. And in some cases, the peasants heard very little about the newly developed program to help the villages. The problem is complicated by the fact that farmers often do not get adequate information about the use of vouchers even from the local government.
In most cases, the peasants continue living in the standby mode with the hope that somehow the voucher will bring the long-awaited profits. In different regions of the country the attitude to agricultural voucher is different. As it turns out, the program is considered reliable in Imereti and Megreli regions of Georgia, while in Guria and Racha they say that due to the lack of reliable information, it turns out that the peasants have no rights to use vouchers. So they do not know how to treat the government program.
"In the first stage we were given vouchers worth 300 GEL, which make it possible to process 2.5 hectares of land. I do not think that this amount is sufficient to fully fund the farm work, but still, it's a big help, enough for at least basic work - plowing and planting, buying fertilizers and fuel, as well as to rent equipment. Previously, all this required more than 400 GEL. The government has given the opportunity to spend 640 GEL, for which we cannot be ungrateful. But, as for expanding the economy, about which the government spoke, I think it is impossible. We'll wait and find out what we really need, and how the government can help us", says a farmer from the village of Gogni, Terdzholsky region, expressing the opinion of the villagers.
A farmer from Tkibuli Lali Murusidze says: "The vouchers have not been distributed yet, we're expecting them with great hope. Previously, we could not even dream of such assistance, now it is a real help. I think to take a loan in the bank and to actively engage in beekeeping; I'm long doing this business, and now I have an opportunity to expand the apiary. I'm sure that the Prime Minister will focus on agriculture and helps us", hopes resident of Tkibuli.