Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences

GAAS

Meeting dedicated to Innovations in Agrarian Sciences

         On March 20, 2019, a meeting dedicated to Innovations in Agrarian Sciences took place in GAAS; Key presentation on: “ Export of agro-food products: entering new markets” was delivered by Dr. Fatima Mamardashvili, Professor of Javakhishvili University, Head of Agrarian Policy Research Center of International School of Economics, Georgia.

          The presenter talked about export product tendences and give comparative analysis of competitive markets in agrarian sector. She also offered some recommendations regarding new policy and strategy in agrarian product marketing, and marked the necessity of conducting further research work in the field.

          The meeting attended the members of the Commission, the representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture, invited experts from “Sakpatent” and “Techinform”, the university professors, young researchers and students.

The speeches were delivered by Academician N. Chitanava, Consultant of the Presidium of the Academy, Gocha Tsopurishvili, Expert in agrarian and regional issues, Academician-Secretary P. Koghuashvili, also, Academicians E. Shapakidze and N. Baghaturia; Merab Kutsia - Head of Sakpatent; Archil Bukia, Deputy Director, Agency for Agricultural Projects; Professor Tsotne Samadashvili, Head of Grain Culture Research Office, Ministry of Agriculture; Dr. Nikoloz Kiknavelidze, Head of Mtskheta Tianeti Regional Service Center, and other persons who expressed their opinion around the problem and also thanked the speaker for interesting presentation.

          The Head of the Center, Academician A. Didebulidze in his closing speech thanked host organization and expressed his believe that the cooperation between the two entities will be enhanced in future because it is important to apply joint effort to raise awareness towards Georgian Agrarian product and sustain its enter into international market. Therefore, working on the problem of market promotion of Georgian agrarian product should continue.

           At the end, the Meeting adopted some important resolutions regarding the stated problem.

Guests from Shota Rustaveli Scientific Foundation Visit Academy of Agricultural Sciences

On March 19, 2019, the representatives of Shota Rustaveli Scientific Foundation visited Academy of Agricultural Sciences: General Director Zviad Gabisonia and Depity Director Jaba Samushia. The President of the Academy Guram Aleksidze greeted the Rustavelis Fondi 2019 1guests together with the Academy staff members.

Academician Guram Aleksidze in his welcoming speech emphasized the importance of the meeting considering that the GAAS staff members actively participate in the scientific contests declared by the Foundation. Scientific Conferences organized by GAAS since 2013 – till present have been financially supported by the Foundation. This is a very vivid example of the important projects carried out in cooperation with the foundation.

Rustavelis Fondi 2019 2General Director of the Foundation shared with the meeting participants the information about the innovations and financing envisaged for 2019 in the field of research and science. He also mentioned that one of the major directions in the work of the Foundation will be a support of agricultural projects and the priority will be given to agrarian specialists.

The parties discussed future perspectives of partnership and close cooperation prospects in future. Mr Gabisonia and Samushia answered the questions of the members of host organization.

The following persons took active part during the discussion: Academicians: N. Chitanava, E. Shapakidze, O. Keshelashvili, and Dr. R. Asatiani.  Rustavelis Fondi 2019 3

In their speeches, the importance of the Foundation in development of agrarian sciences was stated. Also they spoke about prioritized programs in agrarian sciences and methodology of study.

At the end of the meeting, G. Aleksidze thanked the guests for coming and sharing the problems the Academy faces today in this respect. He expressed hope that mutually beneficial cooperation between the Academy and the Foundation will successfully continue.

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International Scientific Conference about Phito-sanitary methods of fight againsts Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

         On March 11-14, 2019, an International Conference was held in Tbilisi, organized by Food National Agency which was dedicated to Phito - sanitari methods of fight against Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. The researchers from 26 countries (Asia, US, Russia, Australia) including Georgia participated in the work of the Conference.

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From the Academy of Agricultural Sciences the President of GAAS, Academician G. Aleksidze was invited to the Conference, also Academicians J. Gugushvili, and G. Margvelashvili, and Scientific Secretary M. Barvenashvili.

Levan Davitashvili, the Minister of Agriculture greeted the participants with introductory speech. He stated that the Government of Georgia is actively involved in the measures taken against the Bug which is a big challenge for agriculture of the country.

The Conference discussed different activities and methods applied by Georgian researchers with active participation of the Ministry of Agriculture against the bug. The Document worked out by the Conference on the problem will be further discussed by UN Commission on Food and Agriculture phyto- sanitary measures.

The Conference participants learned about the experience accumulated during the fight against the bug: about 790 000 hectares of agricultural land was processed in 27 municipalities in 523 villages in the following regions: Ajara, Samegrelo, Guria, Imereti.

The program 2019 of fight against the bug was based on 2017-18 year experience and the recommendations of leading Georgian and foreign researchers.

The aim of the program is to protect agricultural product and diminish economic losses. Four major directions in the fight against the bug were underlined.

1. Promotion of active information company to increase population awareness around the problem;

2. Monitoring the territory of spread of the bug and population increase;

3. Control measures –medical treatment against the vermin;

4. Scientific- research activities: study of the biology, reveal of biological predators, and identification of effective biological treatment against the bug.

Within the program, effective measures of fight against hazelnut was discussed. Also the Government will deliver technical means to hazelnut producers to continue effectively a long term fight against the bug.

Besides the Georgian Ministry of Environment and Agriculture, local government bodies and non-governmental organizations are also involved in the process.

International Conference was held with active support of European Institutional Development Program (CIB).

GEORGIAN ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES ORGANIZES ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS AT THE MUSEUM OF SERICULTURE

On March 12, 2019, GAAS Academic Scientific Council and with participation of staff members of research Department of Veterinary, a Round Table was organized at the Museum of Sericulture on the topic: Prospects of Development of Sericulture in Georgia”. 

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   A presentation on the topic was made by the director pof the Museum Mrs. Nino Kuprava who talked about the foundation of the Museum, existed situation and perspectives of its development.

    Dr. Nargiz Baramidze presented the problem of the present state of sericulture in Georgia.

  The representatives of the Academy examined with great interest the exhibition and inspected interesting samples and collections of paints, cocoons, silk egg and fabric which describe the historical development of sericulture branch in Georgia.  

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      Speeches were delivered by Professor R. Kikvidze, Doctor of Veterinary M. Kereselidze, and Dr. N. Mamukelashvili who discussed past achievemnets in this branch, as well as the present problems and thanked key presenters for sharing interesting information. 

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      The Round Table work was summarized by Academician-Secretary of the Academy Elguja Gugushvili.

 

The Meeting of the Commission on Agrarian Innovations

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On March 6, 2019, at the Academy of Agricultural Sciences, a Meeting of the Commission on Agrarian Innovations which dealt with “ Reforms in Forests in Georgia and the problems improving legislative basis and regulations” . Key speaker was Natia Iordanashvili, the Deputy of National Forest Agency and Teimuraz Kandelaki, Professor of Georgian Agrarian University, Merab Dvali, an expert, representative of law project group.

            The meeting was attended by the President of GAAS, Academician Guram Aleksidze, Vice President, Academician Givi Japaridze, Deputy President, coordinator of Academic Departments Dr. A. Giorgadze, also Academicians A. Didebulidze, Gocha Tsepurishvili, Expert, Deputy Head of Commission on Agrarian Innovations, Academician Nodar Chitanava, Councel of the Presidium of the Academy, Revaz Chagelishvili, Academician – Secretary of Forest Scientific Department of the Academy.  Among many invited guest were the academicians, forest specialists and students and other persons involved in forest management problems. 

Academician A. Didebulidze read out the Meeting Agenda and GAAS President G. Aleksidze greeted the participants with introductory speech in which he stated that forming of Commission of Agrarian Innovations is a new format in the work of the Academy and its main purpose is to:

  1. a.collect information about the organizations and researchers working in the field of agriculture and analyze the issues and problems they deal with to be presented and recommended it to the Government;
  2. b.cooperate with private businesses. It is important to keep business circles informed and to state clearly the importance of close cooperation between science and business activities, as well as active involvement of business circle in researches.  

The next presenter was Natia Iordanashvili, the Deputy of National Forest Agency who dealt with almost all major problems and present day situation in Georgian forests, as well as the ways of their effective management. The need for reforms caused by a number of reasons and some recent news regarding Forest Code, namely public discussions round the Code, the further activities and expected results were also discussed by Iordanashvili.

Diverse  opinions about Forest Code was expressed by Academician N. Chitanava, Expert M. Dvali,  Professor T. Kandelaki followed by discussion and exchange of arguments.

The meeting was summed up by Academician Givi Japaridze. He mentioned that adoption of the Forest Code is a very important issue for the further development of the country, therefore, it will be a proper approach if the persons who wishe to introduce some changes in the Code could deliver their opinions and suggestions in a written form in order to revise, analyze and compare them and prepare final version of the document to present it to the Government of Georgia in a more refined, full and agreeable format. 

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