The International Potato Center opens representation in Tbilisi, Georgia
The Tbilisi International Potato Center is to become the regional office, covering Central Asia and the Caucasus. It plans to implement innovative methods of potato growing and will introduce new potato breeds. It will also focus on providing educational and professional development possibilities to scientists, farmers and producers in the sector.
The official opening ceremony was attended by Rusudan Mdivani, Regional Leader of the International Potato Center in Central Asia and Caucasus, who introduced the Center and talked about its importance.
Rusudan Mdivani, Regional Leader of the International Potato Center in Central Asia and Caucasus, introduced the Center and talked about its importance.
Michael Gerba, International Potato Center Chief Operating Officer:
“I’m very glad to be in Tbilisi. Our organization will promote potato-growing not only in Georgia, but throughout the region.”
International Potato Center Chief Operating Officer Michael Gerba answering questions from the press.
Gerhard Shaumberger, Head of the Austrian Development Agency Office in Georgia:
“We know that Georgians are big consumers of potatoes. This Center will promote more active consumption of potatoes in the country.”He added that the potato harvest can be doubled in Georgia next year.
“We will share our experience with the farmers and with our help Georgian potatoes to be free of genetically modified organisms and so be ecologically clean.”
The opening ceremony of CIP Georgia was held in a beautiful setting in Tbilisi, Georgia
Yuri Nozadze, Deputy Agriculture Minister:
“We will continue to bring to Georgia new promising species of potatoes from the CIP.”Georgian Scientific Research Center Head, Nodar Khatiashvili said that by working with the CIP, Georgian scientists will have an opportunity to access modern technologies and new species produced elsewhere in the world.
Nodar Khatiashvili, Head Georgian Scientific Research Center:
“This process will help our farmers to grow potatoes through locally elaborated seeds instead of imported ones.”Founded in 1971, the International Potato Center is a member of the CGIAR, an International Agricultural Research Consultancy Group. The Center mission is to “work with partners to achieve food security, well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems in the developing world, through research and innovation in science, technology, and capacity strengthening”.
A memorandum of cooperation signed between the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture and the International Potato Center on January 26, 2016, led to the opening of the Center in 2017 in Tbilisi.
A five-year work plan and program has been agreed in the framework of the memorandum in order to promote the agricultural sector in Georgia.