More than 700 farmers from all over Georgia participated in training programmes organized by FAO in 2020 with the support of the European Union (EU), under the ENPARD programme. FAO international and local agronomists conducted a comprehensive training programme through hands-on field trainings throughout the country.
The sessions covered many critically-important topics, including soil preparation and seed selection, irrigation, harvesting, post-harvest storage and transportation to the markets. With more than 40 demonstration plots established in various regions of Georgia, the country's farmers have had the opportunity to observe and learn the best agricultural practices in the field first-hand. Many of these farmers have already succeeded in bringing these modern innovations to their plots and enjoyed the benefits.
Special series of trainings were provided to hazelnut growers in the Kakheti region. 263 farmers participated in these sessions covering topics like theoretical introduction to hazelnut growing and care, postharvest handling and pruning of hazelnut trees of different ages etc.
Sessions on climate-smart agriculture methods such as drip irrigation, minimum tillage, no tillage, mulching, and Integrated Pest Management practices, amongst others, were conducted in eleven municipalities of Kakheti, Kvemo Kartli, Shida Kartli, Imereti, Guria and Adjara.
Lali Sikhashvili, a female farmer from the Akhmeta municipality, who works a 0.27-hectare melon plot, was one of the participants of the FAO's training programme. She was particularly excited to have a demonstration plot established on her land.