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Lost hopes of Georgian peasants2013-03-25 16:15
Farmers from the western Georgia today are complaining about the failure of the "corn" hopes. "The program of hybrid corn", introduced in Georgia at the initiative of the former Minister Bakur Kvezereli in 2010, has completely failed. Farmers are complaining that the land where the "foreign" maize was planted at least once is now unsuitable for agriculture.
"The program of hybrid corn" was introduced in the autumn of 2010 at the initiative of the Minister of Agriculture of the former government Bakur Kvezereli. But a year after the implementation of this program Kvezereli was fired. Interestingly, the government forced the farmers to buy seeds of the hybrid corn, even despite the fact that the Georgian corn was much cheaper. However, under the dictate of Saakashvili, in western Georgia in 2010, there was planted mainly American corn. This program has completely failed, since the hybrid plants have not come up.
As a result of the "hybrid corn program" about 20,000 farmers were affected. The president promised to pay compensation to the victims, but failed. It is still unclear who was interested in the "hybrid project." Peasants who have invested money in the seeds are still suffering from debts. Currently, victims are preparing to file a lawsuit. Prosecutor's Office is investigating the case, but as long as they find out who was wrong, farmers continue losing their property pledged as collateral for loans.
Elizabeth Fyodorova has suffered a loss of 120 thousand GEL due to the hybrid corn. On February 14 this year, Fyodorova established an NGO, including 1,000 farmers affected by the corn program. It all began with high hopes. Elizabeth Fyodorova leased 45 hectares of land in the Abasha area and purchased 45 bags of hybrid corn. "I paid for the seeds in a warranty document issued by the insurance company "Aldagi BCI". The majority of the farmers got the warranty documents issued by the "Georgian Bank" with simultaneous crop insurance, but only 2 tons of corn was insured. Program was designed so cleverly that I had no suspicions about possible solutions to any issues with the insurance company. In addition, the government made all banks to issue the agricultural loans to all the farmers participating in the government program. These banks have issued loans without problems, and took our homes as a pledge," says Fyodorova.