Support of Beekeeping Cooperatives Continues
As a result of registration in the third stage of the State Programme for Support of Beekeeping Agricultural Cooperatives, 43 agricultural cooperatives will be provided with 3019 bee hives, 10 agricultural cooperatives – with 10 centrifuges and each will receive vessels for a total of 2200 liters for honey keeping. As the result of the first and second stages of the state programme 131 agricultural cooperatives have already received 11197 bee hives, 19 cooperatives have received 19 centrifuges. In the upcoming period they will also receive vessels for a total of 41800 liters for honey keeping.
Registration of bee hives of cooperatives participating in the state programme for support of beekeeping agricultural cooperatives is fulfilled with the help of a special sign (registration card) attached to both hives owned by participants and handed over within capital investment, which helps keeping track and guarantees production of qualitative and safe honey. Currently there are 27287 registered hives, both handed over within the state programme and owned by agricultural cooperatives.
One sample of honey produced by a cooperative participating in the programme is examined free of charge in the laboratory of the Agriculture of Georgia. Participant also receives technical assistance regarding implementation of basic requirements of the Order #714 as of December 26, 2014 of the Government of Georgia “On Adoption of Technical Regulations on Honey”.
Agricultural cooperatives can register in the State Programme for Support of Beekeeping Agricultural Cooperatives without coming to Tbilisi, through the website of the Agricultural Cooperatives Development Agency (http://http://www.acda.gov.ge).
Within the state programme cooperatives will receive the same number of hives as owned by them at 30% of the price, not exceeding 100 items, 1 12-framed centrifuge and honey keeping vessels of a total of 2200 liters. Participants with 50% of shareholders represented by refugees and/or persons with disabilities will receive capital investment at 20% of the price. Programme participants can request any required equipment both together and separately.
Participant is obliged to place bee families in hives handed over within the state programme until January 1, 2018.
The aim of the programme is to improve material and technical base of agricultural cooperatives engaged in beekeeping, increase quality and amount of beekeeping production and provide tracking of produced honey.