The FINANCIAL — The EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) and Georgian Farmers’ Association have announced the formation of a Farmers’ Council to facilitate the active involvement of farmers in the policy-making process.
The announcement was made at a meeting on 5 December, according to EU Neighbours East Info.
The Farmers’ Council will consist of representatives from 59 Georgian municipalities. In order to become an eligible member with a voting right, members must be active, business oriented farmers with a minimum of three years’ experience in agriculture, representing cooperative, local municipality or sector associations.
Each municipality will be represented by two members. One will be elected by the Board of Directors of Georgian Farmers’ Association, and will select the other municipality representative. To preserve the gender equality, the person elected by the GFA Board should choose a member of another gender. The final decision of electing the member of the Farmers’ Council will be made by the Board of Directors of Georgian Farmers’ Association.
The EU funded ENPARD programme has been implemented in Georgia since 2013. The main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia through support to rural development and agriculture. Programme assistance is provided to the government and NGOs working directly with communities on the ground.