The state budget for 2019 is currently being discussed in Parliament and must be approved by the end of the year. According to the revised version (second version), the total budget will be around 13 billion GEL. Out of which, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture (MEPA) will get 332 million GEL (2.4% of the total budget). Approximately 285 million GEL will go to agriculture development and the remaining 47 million GEL will be spent on environmental protection.
Compared to 2018, the budget for agriculture development will increase by around 22% in 2019. More state funds will be allocated to most of the agricultural areas except for the development of the wine & viticulture sector and the development of agricultural cooperatives. In 2019, these two areas will have a lower budget than they had in 2018.
As in previous years, the biggest share of state funds goes to further support the Agricultural Projects Management Agency (APMA) and the modernization of amelioration systems. It should be noted that in 2019, APMA will finance 10 types of projects including 4 new ones. These new projects are: farmer/farm registration, “Imereti Agrizone”, “Reap the Harvest” and a project on technical support and marketing. Specifically, “Imereti Agrizone” aims to create a greenhouse cluster in Imereti, while “Reap the Harvest” will support farmers in purchasing harvesting equipment.