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On December 14 2017, the second phase of ReforMeter started with an evaluation of Georgia’s agricultural development.

According to a Government Survey, 74.9% of the strategy has already been implemented. In the first phase, the same indicator was at 69.5%, although improvement of the Ministry of Agriculture organizational structure is still in process. The Ministry is currently implementing the following projects: gene-bank development for the conservation of agro-diversity and endemic species, scientific research on storage and processing methods, and the rational use of soil. In order to support agricultural cooperation, the following new projects were introduced: cooperative support programs in the viticulture sector, a State Program to Support Beekeeping Agricultural Co-operatives, and a program for the rational utilization of pasture and meadows. It was stated that the Agriculture Registry does not exist yet, the seed/planting material certification is still in process and a geo-information system, an analog to the Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS), does not exist either. The total area of irrigated land was increased by 2000 ha and drained land area sby 1900 ha as well. In addition, the creation of a modern DNA laboratory and the seed/planting material certification system is in process.

Blog post by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) published November 29, 2017

In recent times, the world has experienced an exponential increase in solar-powered generating capacity, especially in emerging markets such as China and India. The reasons for this rapid development exists due to low-priced equipment and improved technologies now reaching millions of people. As reported by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, solar capacity grew by 54% year-on-year, and over a three-year period it has more than tripled. The capacity rate achieved during 2016 alone would in fact meet the electricity demands of 45 million households, or cover the demands for each family in a country such as Peru. As may be expected, China has the lion’s share of the increased capacity with an additional 27 GW. However, India qualify themselves as number two in this race with an added 4.2 GW during 2016. Countries such as Mexico, Brazil and Pakistan doubled their installed solar-powered capacity.

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