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Potato Seed Production Centre in Georgia

This is a project funded by Hellenic Aid, which was implemented from November 2005 by the Laboratory of Horticulture of the Agricultural University of Athens, with a budget allocation of €150,000. The project, which was implemented in partnership with USAID and the EU, benefited from the Agricultural University of Athens’ expertise in the region and its analytical and technical capacity. Based on an analysis of local needs, comparative advantages and the region’s constraints, the project established a seed potato centre (to provide high quality seeds) and a producers’ co-operative. The project aimed to increase potato production and worked closely with a research institute in Tbilisi that had been inactive for the previous 15 years and which was ultimately revived by this project.

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