With markets in major urban cities, it remains difficult for small-holder farmers in mountainous, rural areas to transport their products, especially during rainy season, said Kirk Ramer, chief of party for Chemonics on the New Economic Opportunities Initiative in Georgia.
Another issue many farmers — no matter their location — have faced in the country is the high cost of pesticide spray.
Those growing fruit, for example, such as apples, peaches, pears and plums, know they need to utilize pesticide, but aren’t sure of the exact times to spray.
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Now, meteorological stations set up throughout the country can gauge humidity and other factors to project the probability that certain type of fungus or pests might be a risk. A private farm service center can then send an SMS to farmers with suggestions on spray times, enabling farmers to reduce production cost and increase their yield.
Watch the video to find out what Ramer sees as untapped agricultural economic opportunities in Georgia.
Feeding Development is an online conversation hosted by Devex in partnership with ACDI/VOCA, Chemonics, Fintrac, GAIN, Nestlé and Tetra Tech to reimagine solutions for a food-secure future from seed and soil to a healthy meal.