Georgian President: Georgia to be able to meet 35-40 percent of needs for wheat by 2013-2014
Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct. 18 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili hopes that Georgia will be able to meet 35-40 percent of its needs for wheat by 2013-2014, he stated at a meeting with Kakhetian agronomists in Kvareli today.
The Georgian president said that this is necessary not to depend on other countries.
Saakashvili noted that food prices are increasing. The country must not depend on the crop of Russia, Kazakhstan or other countries.
"Last year we brought 85,000-90,000 tons of wheat. The domestic production hit 120,000 tons", he said.
Saakashvili said that we must learn to work with new methods. Seed-farming is on the first place.
The situation with corn is much better. The country meets 95 percent of its needs. "However, the corn crop will increase by three times thanks to brought seeds," the president said.
Saakashvili said that the first stream of agronomists, who will work with farmers on a new basis, will be sent to Egypt. "There are industries that are well developed," he said.
Saakashvili said that Georgian agronomists will be sent to the countries of Western Europe, the U.S, South Africa and the Baltic countries to increase their skills. "The most important thing for us is to retrain agronomists," he said