Support Letter from the Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture
Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture - Mr. Levan Davitashvili
The core function of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture is to develop and implement a unified government policy on the development of the agricultural sector of Georgia. Since 2014, MEPA, in close cooperation with IFIs, has conducted different surveys, identifying and prioritizing regional agricultural sectors to be developed through its Rural Development Agency (RDA). One of the main priority projects has been the development of the Greenhouse Cluster in the Imereti region. As a result, Imereti Agro Zone LLC (IAZ) was established to manage the 220 ha Greenhouse Cluster development in Partskhanakanevi Village, Tskaltubo Municipality, and Vartsikhe Village, Baghdati Municipality.
Through the development of the Imereti Agro Zone, all relevant policy objectives of MEPA are addressed:
Development of export markets
Quality assurance and certification, training and development
Appropriate delivery of required energy and utility services
Provision of additional qualification services, such as financial, legal, and organizational consulting services
Provision of local jobs
Following the successful conclusion of an Expression of Interest, the Greenhouse Cluster Development Project is now entering a second stage: the Request for Proposal to invest in the IAZ, via various opportunities as an operator, ancillary services provider, vocational training provider, and – most importantly – as farmers and investors in greenhouses, via the purchase or lease of land from the IAZ. As a next step, following the evaluation of the RfP process, IAZ will grant implementation contracts to awarded Applicants.
The IAZ's Greenhouse Cluster Development Project has my Ministry's full support. We undertake to take all necessary actions in our capacity as may be required and promote matters under the authority of other Ministries, Departments, or Government Agencies, such as the "Enterprise Georgia" Agency and dedicated IFI fundings.
On behalf of my Ministry, RDA and IAZ, we thank you for your interest in the IAZ Greenhouse Cluster Development Project and look forward to working closely with selected Applicants to bring the project to a successful conclusion.