Georgia stops state hybrid corn programme
Georgia, Tbilisi, March 14 / Trend N. Kirtzkhalia /
The state hybrid corn programme has stopped in Georgia. According to the Georgian Agricultural Corporation, the government abandoned it. There is no further work in this direction.
The programme was initiated in October 2010 and included more than 30,000 farmers. According to opponents of the authorities, the programme was a failure and many farmers suffered.
Agriculture Minister David Kirvalidze said that a hybrid does not mean gene modification and these seeds can be used for a certain purpose.
"Hybrid seeds are sold in the private sector now," he said. "One must explain to farmers that there are places where they are not worth using. While using hybrid seeds, special planning is required. The seeds of the same species will not give the same crops in Khobi and Kakheti."