On April 12, 2011, at 11:00 am, in the framework of "Stabilization and Integration of IDPs into mainstream Georgian Society" (SIIMS) project, Agricultural Machinery Handover Ceremony will be held at Shida Kartli Governor’s Office in Gori.
The machinery will be granted to agricultural machinery service groups formed by IDP and local mechanization farmers from Sakasheti and Shavshvebi villages.
The presentation will be attended by Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, Mr. Koba Subeliani, Governor of Shida Kartli Region, Mr. Zurab Arsoshvili, and representatives of Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia. Some senior managers of International and local Non-Governmental Organizations acting in Georgia and working on IDP issues will be present as well.
This is already the third round of the donation of the agricultural equipment to the farmer groups. Through SIIMS project CARE delivered a set of agricultural machinery valued at 130,000 USD to each of six farmer groups in Shida and Kvemo Kartli regions last year. The machinery groups serve IDPs at preferential terms while help the host communities at commercial rates to ensure sustainability of their operation. The SIIMS project also provides follow-up trainings on business plan development, accounting, cash management etc to strengthen the institutional capacity of the groups. As a result the mechanization groups have generated up to USD 41,500 in revenue in total and up to 2,000 IDP and local farmers have benefitted from the machinery services so far.
About the project
The SIIMS project is jointly implemented by CARE Norway and CARE International in the Caucasus along with the partner organizations: Civil Development Agency (CiDA) in Georgia, IDP Women’s Association “Consent” and “Center for Training and Consultancy” (CTC). The project is financed by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its total Budget is 19 Million NOK (2.9 Million USD). The project started in July 2009 and will last for 3 years.
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