Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences

News archive 2014

Agricultural Sector Development

Strategy Review

On May 13, 2014, the General Meeting of Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences was organized where the Strategy of Georgian agricultural sector development had been discussed. The strategy was developed on the basis of materials provided by the members of the Academy of Agricultural Sciences. The main presenter was academician Nodar Chitanava, who led and participated in drafting the strategy document.

The following academicians took part in discussions and provided recommendations: A. Vashakidze, Z. Chankseliani, G. Badrishvili, G. Papunidze, T. Kunchulia, N. Karkashadze,  Z. Tskitishvili, N. Bagaturia, R. Makharoblidze, correspondent-members: P. Koghuashvili, O. Bedia, chief specialist B. Tsertsvadze.

General meeting instructed the group working on agricultural sector development strategy and the group leader academician N. Chitanava as well to take into consideration the number of recommendations presented on the meeting and to develop new version of strategy as soon as possible in order to present on government review.

The general meeting of GAAS  summed up the President of the Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Academician Guram Aleksidze, who proposed that the amended versions of the Strategy to be uploaded on the Academy web page for public access.  



On behalf of agricultural scientists the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences is pleased to congratulate Dr. Nodar Chkhartishvili  the highest award of Georgian Church  - St. George’s gold award for his unique contribution in the field of viticulture and  oenology. 

Award was handed by the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, the Archbishop of Mtskheta-Tbilisi and Metropolitan bishop of Abkhazia and Bichvinta, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II.


Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences has prepared the following

1. Recommendations manual -  developed on the basis of researches conducted in 2013. 

2. Recommendations  about  necessary optimal humidity  parameters for soil management and normal growth of plants. The author is academician of GAAS  Jumber Oniani.

3.The paper about food crops agro management -  the author of which is academician G. Tsagurishvili, and co-authors K. Niauri, N. Zhvania .

4. Recommendation about  technology and economic efficiency as well as opportunity for preparation of  nontraditional livestock feed  by using of mulberry leaf in autumn. – Authors are:  Acad. Correspondent member G. Nikoleishvili, Acad. Correspondent member E. Shapakidze, Acad Dr. T. Dalalishvili and A. Chagelishvili.

Papers recommended by the Academic Council of the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences:

  "Human and insects”  -  The author is Academician of GAAS Dr. Guram Aleksidze.

“ Sericulture -  common concern of  Black and Caspian seas and Central Asian regions (BACSA); - The authors are  GAAS correspondent members, Dr. G. Nikoleishvili, Dr. E. Shapakidze.

“Viticulture technology and mechanization activities." – The author is GAAS correspondent member  Dr. O. Bedia  

Memorandum on cooperation

With the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences of Korea Republic

       From May 26 to June 01, 2014 President of the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Academician Dr. Guram Aleksidze and Agriculture Academic Dr. David Maghradze were invited to visit  National Academy of Agricultural Sciences of the Republic of Korea. The main purpose of the visit was to get information about the Academy’s scientific- research activities, establish business contacts and to participate in an international conference dealing with the issues of  agriculture biodiversity  research challenges in the world.  Dr. G. Aleksidze presented on the conference the paper where the issues about Georgian agricultural sciences and its perspectives, as well as agriculture biodiversity  research center activities existing under the academy have been discussed. Dr. David Maghradze also presented very interesting report about above issues.

During the visit of Georgian delegation on May 28, 2014  there was signed the memorandum on cooperation between GAAS and the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences of Korea Republic and its Center of Biodiversity, which lays the basis for further cooperation of agricultural researchers and scientists.  


The signing ceremony was held.

From the left: Dr. David Maghradze, GAAS president Dr. Guram Aleksidze,  the president of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences of Korea Republic Dr. Chang hee kyung,  the Director of National Center of Biodiversity – Dr. KIMyung gu.  


 After the signing the cooperation memorandum between Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the National Academy of     Agricultural Sciences of the Republic of Korea.   


General Meeting of the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences was held on August 05, 2014, where the activities and main directions of the first quarter of 2014 have been discussed. Presenter  was the President of the GAAS  - academician  Dr. G. Aleksidze.

The speaker mentioned those issues which were discussed during academy board and seminars.

It was noted that, in the first quarter of the academic board there was discussed 10 issues regarding agriculture problems and later 12 issues were reviewed concerning legal issues and projects. 

We conducted 2 workshops and round table discussions. At the same time, the Academy held (May 13, 2014) The General Meeting, having considered the Agrarian Sector Development Strategy developed by academicians under the guidance of academician Dr. N. Chitanava.  Besides, there were discussions about relationships with foreign institutions and centers etc.

On July 16, 2014, meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, GAAS  and Ministry of Agriculture was held were the problems about country’s food provision and food security were discussed.

Acad. G. Aleksidze mentioned that during the reporting period GAAS published 4 recommendation, farming rules and scientific papers concerning different fields of agriculture.

GAAS General Assembly was held concerning the announced competition for the position of full member of GAAS. Professor of  Biological Sciences Dr. Guram Tkemaladze was elected as full member (Academician) (N  010303 "Livestock and poultry feeding" the direction of Biochemistry).

International Meeting

      On August 27-29, 2014, the 16th session of the Supervisory Board of Middle East and south Caucasus regarding agriculture sustainable development held in Fergana (Uzbekistan), which was attended by President of the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences Academician Guram Aleksidze and Deputy Director of Research Center under the Ministry of Agriculture – Academician Avtandil Korakhashvili.

     Participants of the session were from ministries and research organizations of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kirgizstan, Armenia and Azerbaijan. As well as international organizations: ICADRA, SYMIT, ACIROS, BIOVERCITY, CIP, IVMI, WB, IFARI, European Development Bank etc. Acad. Guram Aleksidze presented the paper, where he discussed about priority directions such as food security, climate change, agro biodiversity and plant genetic resources. It was decided that the next meeting the 17th session will be held in Baku (Azerbaijan) in 2015.

Information about Cooperation Between
Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences and 
 University of Life Sciences in Poznań (Poland)

      On 12 September 2014 a meeting was held at the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, where participated both sides Academy staff and Poznan (Poland) delegation from the  University of life Sciences.

       Poznan University was represented by the Professor Yan Piculi - Deputy Rector in Science and International Cooperation; Professor  Roman Gorlovich – Dean of faculty of forestry, Dr. Grzegorz Raczka - Forestry Faculty Dean's Representative in the Caucasus relations;. Levan Chopliani  Msc student at the University.  

       Georgian Academy was represented by the GAAS president academician Guram Aleksidze,  academician Napoleon Karkashadze, Head of the scientific board, academician Petre Naskidashvili, corresponding member of the Academy Elgudja Shapakidze – Head of  Academic Department, Dr. Tinatin Epitashvili - Assistant to the President with  International Relations, Professor Gia Gagoshidze – Academy Coordinator in the direction of forestry.  

       The memorandum of cooperation between Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GAAS) and Poznan University of Life Sciences (Poland) was signed by the GAAS president academician Guram Aleksidze and Professor Yan Piculi - Deputy Rector in Science and International Cooperation at Poznan University of Life Sciences;

      On the basis of agreement the above institutions should facilitate the mutual support to problem solving issues existing in agriculture, organizing capacity building courses, conferences and other events for specialists, young scientists and post graduate students.  Joint creative groups may be created in order to solve actual problems facing agriculture.

Delegation of Poznan University of life Sciences
visited Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GAAS)


Signing memorandum of cooperation between  Georgian Academy
of Agricultural Sciences (GAAS) and Poznan University of Life Sciences (Poland) - 
Academician Guram Aleksidze and Professor Yan Piculi

After signing memorandum

Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences

 has become the member of the Union of European Academies for Science Applied to Agriculture, Food and Nature (UEAA)

       On September 17-19, 21014  the 8th General Assembly of the UEAA took place in Prague (Czech Republic), where new members were presented form England, Portugal, the Slovak Republic and Georgia. Representatives from new member countries provided speech on the Assembly, Academician Guram Aleksidze spoke about Georgian Academy structure and priority directions.

       The General Assembly, led by the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Professor  Karen Niblauri approved the new members, among which was Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

        Participants at the General Assembly were from France, England, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and others Academies of Agricultural Sciences.

        Next 9th session of the General Assembly will be held in France, 2016. The Head of the event will be the President of the Czech Academy of Agricultural Sciences Prof. Willer Podrazhsti, who at the same time was elected as the President of the Union of European Academies of Agriculture (UEAA), and as Vice-President Prof. Jean-Marc Bussard – President of French Academy of Agriculture.


International Conference on Climate Change and its Influence on 
Sustainable and Safe Agriculture Development

        The International Scientific Conference on Climate Change and its Influence on Sustainable and Safe Agriculture Development was held at the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences on October 2,3,4, 2014. The event was financially supported by the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (CF ​​/ 57/10 - 100/14).

        Conference caused great interest not only to scientists working in Georgia, but also to foreign agricultural scientists visiting from Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russian Federation, Dagestan and North Ossetia autonomous republics.

         Many international organizations such as FAO, ICARDA, CACAARI,  BACSA, participated in the conference.  

        The following institutions from Georgian side were actively involved in conference: Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences,  Georgian Academy of Sciences, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Georgia,  Technical and Agrarian Universities, Batumi, Kutaisi and Gory Universities. Apart from scientists, farmers and agriculture specialists from different organizations were also participating in the conference

          The conference was leading in two sectors (directions):

1 -  Climate change and its influence on sustainable and safe agriculture development in crop science.

.                    1.1.    Subsection – agro engineering.

2  - Climate change and its influence on sustainable and safe agriculture development in livestock science.  

         The working languages ​​of the conference was  Georgian, English and Russian.

      There were 142 scientific articles and conference papers which were presented and included in the conference paper collection brochure. It also includes following  sections:  

1 Section- climate change and its influence on sustainable and safe agriculture development in crop science - 95 articles.

2 subsection: - agroengineering - 22 articles

Section 3 - Climate change and its influence on sustainable and safe agriculture development in livestock science.   - 25 articles.

        The majority of reports in the form of abstracts of the articles were heard during the conference.

       The conference was opened on October 2, and the President of the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Acad. Guram Aleksidze greeted the guests and the audience.

The Conference attendants were also greeted by the president of Georgian National Academy of Sciences Acad. G. Kvesitadze, Rector of Georgian Technical University, Acad. A. Prangishvili, Deputy Minister of Agriculture  I. Nozadze, Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources - G. Somkhkishvili, Minister of Agriculture of Adjara Autonomous Republic - Z. Putkaradze, Head of the Department of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation - I.  Noselidze, Director of the Scientific-Research Center of the Ministry of Agriculture - L. Ujmajuridze, and delegations from Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, North Ossetian Autonomous Republic, Regional coordinators of UN-FAO, ICARDA, CGIAR, CACAARI.


Conference Plenary Session

The president of Georgian National Academy of Sciences Acad. G. Kvesitadze,

The President of the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Acad. Guram Aleksidze

          During the conference plenary session scientists discussed the major problems facing the agriculture and the ways how to solve in this difficult period of global climate change.  Therefore the document named “Tbilisi Declaration” was adopted where they emphasize the urgency of taking action of joint approach to sustainable using of agro eco systems and adaptation to global climate changes. It has been recognized theimportance of the initiative to hold regular conferences on these issues and set out ways for future collaboration.

The Conference Meeting Hall

        It was noted that the conference recognizes the importance of adapting to a wide variety of agricultural innovation, calls for conference participants, farmers, policymakers at all levels, businessmen, non-governmental organizations, to be actively involved in partnership researches;

        All data about climate change influences on crop and livestock sciences should be collected and analyzed in order to make available results and prognoses to end users in order to improve the efficiency of their work;

It should be strengthened the climate change adequate resource-processing activities for adoption of new technologies and relevant machinery equepment.

        To take measures which enabels to substitute low yielding and sensitive to  diseases crops with high-yielding and disease and drought resistant varieties.

       The Conference adopted a resolution on climate change issues to be held annual international scientific conferences in interested countries. The conference venue, time and thematic will be defined by the international organizing committee.

International Conference on 
"Climate change and its impact on sustainable and safe development of agriculture"


       The International conference on "Climate Change and its impact on sustainable and safe development of agriculture" was held on 2 - 4 October 2014 in the Academy of Agricultural Sciences of Georgia held an, which brought together 150 leading agricultural scientists, representatives of ministries and departments of the 6 countries. During the conference participants discussed and agreed on urgency to undertake measures to mitigate and adapt to the negative impacts of agriculture and food security caused by global climate change.

        The main goal of the conference was to gain the attention of high level policy makers on current and emerging problems caused by the impact of climate change on agro-ecosystems, the establishment and improvement of institutional mechanisms for the exchange of experience and knowledge, as well as to develop a common approach to the planning of joint activities aimed at mitigating the adverse effects of climate change, to ensure a more sustainable agriculture.  

        During the conference various factors affecting the sustainable development of agriculture in the process of global climate change were analyzed, and set of measures to adapt the various sectors of agriculture, taking into account all aspects of throughout the value chain of agricultural production, food security and nutrition for all segments of the population were proposed. The conference adopted a declaration which clearly states that for sustainable natural resource management and conservation of agro-ecosystems and their adaptation to climate change, it is necessary the adoption, implementation and out-scaling a common approach to the climate change adaptation process across all countries. The Conference endorsed the initiative to conduct a systematic annual thematic conferences and outlines specific ways to strengthen further cooperation.  

Taking into account the problem discussed and the ways to address them, the conference participants:

·        note the priority of climate change issues for all countries, and assure their willingness and commitments to continue further and closer cooperation within the context of the UN convention on climate;

·        asserting the importance and relevance of the innovation development of agriculture, urge policy makers, representatives of private sector, non-governmental organizations, farmers to be more actively involved into the joint and multi-disciplinary research aimed at mitigating the negative implications of the climate change.

Participants see fit:

·        at global and regional levels, deepening the cooperation between research institutions, donor agencies, and international development institutions on climate change, food security and nutrition issues;

·        exchange of best practices at local, national and regional levels, the development of extension service programs to assist farmers, enhance training programs in universities in relevant subjects (disciplines);

·        participatory development of new joint programs and projects on farming systems, land and water management in context of changing climate;

·        create the database and strengthening capacity on analysis on the impact of climate change on crops and livestock, and ensure the availability and accessibility of these data and future scenario outputs for different users to support improving the efficiency of their activities;

·        planning and promotion of integrated cross-sectorial studies on assessing the impact of climate change on sustainable agriculture and food security, the implementation of pilot projects on efficient risk management;

·        joint participation of scientist, practitioners and policy makers in the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects and programs related to the issues of adaptation to the adverse impacts of global climate change;

·        development and implementation of mechanisms for systematic evaluation of existing and emerging risks in light of global changes in food safety (animals), veterinary and plant protection;

·        conducting systematic environmental monitoring using modern remote sensing technologies for assessing climate change impacts on the forest landscape and planning of actions to combat degradation of forest cover;

·        conduct comprehensive integrated forest-rehabilitation, forest-reclamation measures in ecosystems where forests affected by anthropogenic impact of climate change;

·        identification, development, testing and implementation of advanced conservation machine technologies and technical means to adapt farming to climate change;

·        replacement of low-yielding, disease-sensitive crops by high-yielding, disease-resistant varieties, and implementation proper practices in breeding;

·        at the regional and national levels, development and implementation of strategic programs for the implementation of comprehensive measures on adaptation of agriculture and sustainable ecosystem management, based on a scientific approach; and increase public support for research systems and the modernization of their material and technical base.

 Tbilisi, October 3, 2014.


 One group of conference participants

Conference participants on 6th century Jvari Monastery

 Svetitskhoveli,  Mtskheta



Conference participants visiting the experimental nursery in Saguramo 
Scientific-Research Center of Ministry of Agriculture.

International Workshop held in Vladikavkaz

         On October 21, 2014  an international seminar as a preparation stage for the international conference ahead concerning Science, education and information transfer  as a basis for the sustainable development for high mountainous regions was held in Vladikavkaz, Republic of North Ossetia, RussiaThe above conference is planned to be held in 2015.

            Dr. Anatoli Giorgadze, scientific department coordinator at Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences attended the plenary session and made presentation.  After the plenary session, held round tables in different directions:


The role of local self-management administration during  the implementation of projects and programs concerning sustainable development of  mountain areas;


Agriculture major problems, tasks and role in the development of mountain areas;


Demographic, social and medico-biological problems facing mountainous zone; 


Information and communication technologies and educational activities for sustainable development of mountain areas;


Science major problems, objectives and achievements of sustainable development of mountain areas.


Education and its role in the sustainable development of mountain areas.


Environmental protection and rational use of nature.


Industry, transport, energy, construction and communal husbandry managed within mountainous conditions. 


Tourist and recreation potential to the mountain areas. 

      The seminar was organized by the International Centre for Science and Technological Innovation "Sustainable Development of Mountain Areas", supported by UNESCO.


Scientific-Practical Conference

      On November 07, 2014 at the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences conducted a scientific-practical conference regarding "Agriculture extension service systems in Georgia".

      Conference participants were Academy full members, corresponding members and invited guests. Attendants were representatives from the ministry of agriculture Mr. Shalva kereselidze who is the Head of department of Regional Coordination, Ms. Nino Chkhartishvili – Public relations chief specialist at the Agricultural Scientific-Research Center,  Mr. Akaki Mamaladze – Consultant at the Agricultural Scientific-Research Center, Ms. Nato Kakabadze – Head of the vegetable growing division under the Scientific-Research Center, Ms. Mariam Jorjadze -  Head of biological farming association “Elkana”, Mr. Zurab Revishvili – representative from the Georgian National Academy, Gugushvili Institute of Economics.   

       The main speech regarding "Agricultural extension service systems in Georgia" was presented by the President of the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences – Academician Guram Aleksidze.

      Opinions and suggestions were expressed by Mr. Kereselidze, Ms. Jorjadze, Ms. Chkhartishvili,                 Mr.Zurab Revishvili, academicians: Mr. Givi Japaridze, Mr. Zaur Chankseliani, Mr. Omar Keshelashvili, and corresponding member Mr. Omar Bedia.

      The conference results were summarized by the President of the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences academician Guram Aleksidze.

      The Conference adopted a resolution, which emphasizes the key role of the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences for the improvement of the extension service system functioning within the Georgian farmers and people involved in agriculture.  


Conference opening, President of the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, academician  Mr.  Guram Aleksidze.


Main topic "Agricultural extension service systems in Georgia" presentation.


Conference participants.


The Scientific-Practical Conference in Shida Qartli

        The Scientific Conference about “Current situation and the development perspectives of fruit and vegetable growing in Shida Qartli region" initiated by the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GAAS) was held on November 14, 2014 in Gori Sukhishvili University Assembly Hall.

        Participants of the conference were academicians of GAAS: G. Margvelashvili, I. Vasadze, V. Kvaliashvili, G. Badrishvili, Z. Chankseliani, Corresponding Members E. Shapakidze and T. Turmanidze, Academy Secretary, Dr. A. Giorgadze, the Academy National Coordinators in the field of vegetable growing Prof. V. Sukhishvili and Dr. N. Kakabadze, Specialists from the Ministry of agriculture and the Agricultural Scientific-Research Centre, representatives from Gori and Shida Qartli Assembly, Shida Qartli Extension Center specialists, Gori Sukhishvili University teachers and students, farmers and vegetable growing specialists.

Acad. Iuza Vasadze who is the National Coordinator in fruit-growing field opened the conference.

Head of Academic Department, academy corresponding member E. Shapakidze welcomed the conference on behalf of the GAAS President and the Academic Council.

Conference opening, Acad. I. Vasadze and Prof. V. Sukhishvili

         The following participants delivered speeches at the conference: Acad. I. Vasadze ,  Acad. G. Badrishvili, Acad. V. Kvaliashvili, Acad. corresponding member T. Turmanidze, Prof. V. Sukhishvili and Dr. N. Kakabadze  presented papers concerning fruit and vegetable growing directions.

         After the presentations, the importance of the conference and the development perspectives and problem solving issues of the fruit and vegetable fields in the Shida Qartli region were reviewed by GAAS academicians G. Margvelashvili, Z. Chankseliani,  Ministry of Agriculture representative N. Khokhashvili, Shida Qartli extension center specialist J. Dodashvili, Gori Assembly member Mr. Khatashvili, Head of Agricultural Committee of the Shida Qartli Mr. Melanashvili, farmer Mr. Gogi Barbakadze, Gori Sukhishvili University Professors Mr. D. Goginashvili and Mr. D. Pavliashvili, the Ministry of Agriculture Research Center representative – Head of organic farming division Mr. G. Tsereteli.

         Considering reports, comments and expressed suggestions during the conference, they agreed on the recommendations indicating of increased roles of the the Ministry of Agriculture and the GAAS in scientific-research activities of fruit and vegetable growing direction.  The recommendations cover also the issues regarding the improvement of soil fertility, selection activities, plant protection from  pests and diseases,  agrochemical service recovery, mechanization and irrigation issues etc.

        The conference also underlined the need for this type of scientific and practical conferences in other regions and in other agricultural sectors as well and to strengthen the leading role of the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

The conference session hall


 Conference participants


            Round table was held on November 19, 2014, in tea, subtropical crops and tea industry Institute (Anaseuli, Ozurgeti Rayon), initiated by the GAAS national coordinator in tea and subtropical crops. The main topic was about  "Progressive Technologies in Citrus". The meeting was attended by scientists of the Institute, farmers and cooperative members. The round table was led by the National Coordinator, academician Valerian Tsanava. In his opening speech he mentioned   the meaning of  round table where he also underlined the importance of  progressive technologies adoption in citrus culture. Many problematic issues in this sphere needs to be solved. The needs for practical steps in this direction were discussed as well as needs for periodic adjustment of dose and timing of the use of chemicals.

           Interested information were presented by Academy doctors and scientists V. Goliadze and E. Nikolashvili. They emphasized the law quality of chemicals presented on the markets therefore the need for strict control is essential.  Farmers from the Village Shroma G. Khomeriki, Z. Mzhavanadze, K. Tsertsvadze were actively involved in the discussion.  At the end of the meeting they agreed on creating   special groups linked to scientists in order to help farmers in different activities.


Round Table "progressive technologies in citrus culture."

Academician V. Tsanava, GAAS National Coordinator in the field of tea and subtropics

Regional Conference 
on Rural Advisory Services (RAS) in Central Asia and 
the Caucasus

       On November 17-21, 2014 the international event was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, which covered the issues regarding current situations and the development ways of farmer’s advisory services existing in the regions of central Asia and the south Caucasus.  

        The event was organized by the Regional Association of Research Institutions – CACAARI and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research – GFAR.   The meeting was attended by the representatives of the countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus, as well as presenters from the international organizations and the American University of  Illinois.

         Participants from Georgia were Academician G. Aleksidze, President of Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. A. Mamaladze,  a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture research center and Mr. B. Bolgashvili, Head of the Sighnagi extension center. In his presentation Acad. G. Aleksidze emphasized the role of extension advisory centers existing within the Ministry of Agriculture and Georgian non-governmental organizations (Elkana and farmers union).  Meeting participants positively assessed the work carried out in Georgia.

         Particularly, it was mentioned the role of American assistance through (USAID) fund and the  Illinois and Texas universities great support for organizing farmers' advisory extension centers and farmers trainings.

        At the end of the discussions CACCARI board meeting was held headed by Academician G. Aleksidze, where they agreed on next meeting to be held in Batumi, Adjara Autonomous Republic, Georgia.

Meeting with the Minister of Agriculture

       On December 04, 2014, the Minister of Agriculture Mr. Otar Danelia visited the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences. The meeting was attended by representatives from the Academy and the Ministry.

       The meeting was opened by the President of the Academy - Academician Guram Aleksidze,  who emphasized the importance of this visit and expressed  commitment to strengthening cooperation between the institutions. It was noted that the fulfillment of the Law where the Academy of Agricultural Sciences is an advisor to the government in agricultural sector is very important.   

        Academicians N. Karkashadze, G. Japaridze, N. Chitanava, O. Keshelashvili, N. Baghaturia, Z. Ckitishvili, Corresponding member  P. Koghuashvili,   presented their opinions about current situation in agriculture and discussed about the future perspectives.

The Minister of Agriculture Mr. Otar Danelia summarized the meeting proposals and expressed readiness for future cooperation, that scientific personnel should be profoundly involved in activities for agriculture development.

        It was also mentioned that the Memorandum of cooperation will be signed between the Academy and the Ministry, due to which the role of scientists will be increased in development of important documents, advising to farmers etc.       GAAS President Acad. G. Aleksidze welcomed the Minister’s initiative to use merited Agricultural Scientists potential in agricultural sector through joint cooperation.

Meeting in the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Deputy Minister I. Nozadze, Minister of Agriculture O. Danelia, GAAS President G. Aleksidze


       The Bulgarian Scientific and Technical Union of machine construction is pleased to invite interested candidates to attend the event XXIII international conference  "Trans & Auto 2015", 24-27 June, 2015, Varna.

       Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation announces competition for receiving the grant to participate in the event.

       For more details, contact GAAS academic department.


On December 26, 2014 the meeting of academic Council was held at the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, where among other issues discussed there was provided presentations of Academic corresponding members – G. Nikoleishvili and E. Shapakidze concerning "The investment project – recovery of sericulture food base and cocoon producing in Khoni region”.

The meeting was attended by the members of the Academic Council, academicians: Mr. N. Chitanava (project peer reviewer), Khoni and Martvili extension center managers Mr. B. Bakhtadze and Dr. M. Kvartskhava, Academic doctors from the Agricultural University I. Gujabidze, T. Dalalishvili, Z. Tskaruashvili, M. Khutsishvili.

Investment project was reviewed by academicians Mr. N. Chitanava, Mr. O. Keshelashvili, Khoni and Martvili representatives Mr.  B. Bakhtadze and Mr. M. Kvartskhava,  Acad. Dr. N. Baramidze and And T. Dalalishvili.

The president of Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences Dr. G. Aleksidze have summarized the Investment project and noted that the project is a first step in starting recovery of sericulture in Georgia, it is properly selected Khoni,  Imereti Region, which has extensive experience in the sericulture sector. But it should have been specified the role of former sericulture farming future activities, since there is not clear its legal rights ye. It is also essential that the project to be transferred to the Georgian Orthodox Church, which continues to restore and revive sericulture in Georgia.

Academic Council provided the resolution, which has been sent to the Ministry of Agriculture and Khoni municipality.


Project discussion at the GAAS academic council


Project Manager, Academy corresponding member – Mr. G. Nikoleishvili


Khoni Extension Center Manager Mr. Badri Bakhtadze


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