Five farmers from the Tadzrisi and Sakire villages in the Borjomi district, Georgia were awarded each with one bee family and a hive on August 17, 2011 thanks to the ENPI FLEG Program.
The project is the one of the four small scale pilot projects being carried out by IUCN in Georgia. The goal of the pilot projects is to support capacities of forest-dependent rural communities for alternative livelihoods development through the sustainable use of forest resources. Field surveys revealed that two villages in Borjomi district, Tadzrisi and Sakire were especially dependent on forest resources. The two villages had some of the highest rates of illegal cutting in recent years. The deforestation process that took place here from the early 90s is visible without any special surveys or tools. This was one of the main reasons for choosing these two villages for the pilot project.
In one of the villages, which are very close to each other, there is an expert in bee keeping, Mr. Murman Tabukashvili who is well known for his high-quality honey. He expressed his will to cooperate in the project and support other local people in establishing of their own businesses. Mr. Tabukashvili hopes that his village will became the destination point for people willing to buy good honey. “To people who are interested in the development of honey making businesses in the village, I would like to say that everything is possible”, he said.
After the planning, the project implementation was carried out and an announcement on the trainings in bee keeping was made. All interested people were invited to participate.