Introductory meeting was conducted for farmers’ consultation centers (MoEPA) in Kazbegi. Potato producer farmers also attended the meeting. The project goal and activities have been presented on the meeting as well as the main approaches of ISH (Integrated Seed health) in seed production farms and positive selection-select the best.
The brochure on positive selection in Georgian for farmers was distributed, which was developed and published by the International Potato Center.
During the visit, the farmer Roland Kobaidze’s plot in Sioni also was evaluated. Three potato clones from the International Potato Center (CIP) were planted on the field and commercial variety from Holland as a control. The CIP clone emergency fixed on 60%, while the plants are not started growing on commercial plots.
The trial plot of scientific-research center of agricultural in Sioni also was visited, where 76 CIP clones have reached 100% emergency.
The scientists of the Scientific-Research Center of Agriculture (SRCA) at the ministry of environmental protection and agriculture (MoEPA), improved skills in positive selection, seed potato degeneration and yield modeling during trainings of trainers (ToT) provided by CIP international experts and professor form university BOKU in May, organized two-days training in bases of positive selection for the representatives of MoEPA network – Farmers’ consulting centers, which includes 54 regional stations. 22 participants attended the training of trainers form 22 regions of Georgia. Educated trainers form regions will disseminate materials and technologies among farmers and train farmers in our region in future.
Three varieties of potato, introduced form International Potato Center (CIP) HQ, Lima Peru, registred in Georgia under local names (Javakheturi, Meskhuri and Meskhuri Tsiteli) have been planted in smallholder’s farm in Mtskheta-Mtianeti region, Kazbegi municipality, village Sioni. CIP together with local partnet Scientific-Research Center of Agriculture, MoEA, are cpnducting evaluation trials of 76 new varieties of potato from CIP in the same village Sioni.