UN Industrial Development Organization launches greenhouse cluster diagnostic study in Imereti region
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, with the financial support of the European Union, are launching a diagnostic study of the greenhouse cluster, which will be the basis for the introduction of cluster approaches in the Imereti region.
The state attaches special importance to the development of clusters in the field of agriculture, which increases the ability to produce competitive products and export them to new markets (including the EU market). To facilitate the implementation of strategic investments and the introduction of cluster approaches, the agglomeration of greenhouses in the Imereti region was decided. "Imereti Agro zone", which will help to create a cluster of the high, medium, and low-tech private greenhouses in the Imereti region, where fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and other agro-food products will be produced.
In addition to the ongoing study of eight clusters, selected in consultation with the line ministries, with the financial support of the European Union, UNIDO will conduct additional research on the Imereti greenhouse agglomeration. This study will be conducted by the UNIDO cluster development methodology, which will focus on the cluster economic system, production characteristics, institutional and business relationships.
UNIDO has already conducted research and identified 57 clusters of emerging and potential processing industries, agribusiness, and food primary production clusters in Georgia. In this study, the greenhouse cluster in Tskaltubo Municipality was ranked 17th, which is an indicator of great development potential.
The study is part of the UN Joint Initiative "EU Innovative Project for Private Sector Competitiveness in Georgia" funded by the European Union with $ 6 million and implemented by four UN agencies: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Implemented by the Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).