Regional NNLE "Horticultural Training and Demo Center" (HTDC) was founded in March 2022 by LLC "Imereti Agro Zone" as a knowledge transfer platform for modern Agri-technologies, equipment, and growth cultivation.
With the support of the Ministry of Education & Science (MoES), IAZ has obtained 4.2 ha of the non-agricultural land plot in the city of Baghdati, Imereti region, Georgia. As agreed with MoES, the 2.8 ha non-agricultural land plot for the HTDC development site will be received from the existing vocational training center managed by College Iberia. On the 1.4 ha land plot, HTDC will build a recreational area. The center will serve the Imereti Agro Zone Greenhouse Cluster members, farmers from all over Georgia, and even neighboring countries, e.g., Armenia and Azerbaijan. Besides the training facilities and programs, a special education program needs to be developed by HTDC in partnership with local and international educational institutions, addressing low-tech farmers and enabling them to grow into low/medium and medium technology greenhouse growers.
As a technology transfer platform, objectives of HTDC include:
Improvement of farmers' knowledge and skills
Improvement of quality of produced goods by farmers and increase of effectiveness of production means
Increase to accessibility for farmers to various Agri-input suppliers
Increase of accessibility for farmers to private and/or Imereti Agro Zone local and international technological consultancy services
Increase of accessibility for farmers to legal and/or financial consultancy services
Increase of accessibility for farmers to different greenhouse technology suppliers
Training of sales staff and distributors of local and international companies supplying various greenhouse technologies and Agri-input
Facilitation of the demonstration of products of local and international companies supplying various greenhouse technologies and Agri-input