Georgian Hazelnut Growers Association has been established by Hazelnut Farmers in 2013 and has been growing since and for the moment constitutes about 25,000 hazelnut growing farmers from all over the Georgia. The main goal of the association is to increase the knowledge related to hazelnut care in Georgia, improve the quality of hazelnuts and increase production.
The work of the association is distinguished by the fact that its members use the group work method, which allows them to share their practical experience with each other and find ways to solve various problems together. Each group has a leading farmer.
In 2016 sector was striked by Asian Bug (brown marmorated stinkbug – BMSB) and eventually destroyed. Industry that has records of delivering to Georgia 186 million USD income has dropped 5 times in 3 consecutive seasons. Georgian Government has launched significant project against past and has been successfully combating through various Geographies, however – not having farmers support and proper engagement has been a significant obstacle in improving Hazelnut crop.
To date, GHGA agronomists serve hazelnut farmers, who are involved in the consultation process of farmers on a daily basis during the season, giving them recommendations and observing the work done by them in hazelnut orchards. In addition to agronomic services, the members of the association enjoy the benefits of various services, including: soil survey, poisoning equipment, crop clearance / drying / storage, etc. The association also provides them with access to finance in order to facilitate the purchase of fertilizers, pesticides and inventory.
From 2019 Ministry of Agriculture has joined its efforts with GHGA and supported it with significant funds to purchase 2360 Spraying machines and fund up to 138 employees to support a project that was initiated and called “Save the Hazelnut Harvest”. In frames of the project, we have managed to receive the tangible harvest, brought back Georgia to the Hazelnut Map of the World, and make farmers that have participated in projects Generate income that they have been missing years, the project is implemented with the support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID/Georgia), Ferrero and CNFA’s Georgian Hazelnut Sector Development Project (G-HIP)