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Tbilisi: international conference all set held to popularise Georgian wheat

An international scientific conference will be held in Tbilisi on February 5 and 6,2024. The main objective of the conference will be to promote and popularise Georgian culture among the countries of the world.

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An international scientific conference will be held in Tbilisi on February 5 and 6,2024. The main objective of the conference will be to promote and popularise Georgian culture among the countries of the world.

As per the basic information, this conference will be held on February 5-6 in the capital city of Tbilisi. The conference will be attended by 80 scientists from 6 countries (Georgia, USA, UK, Japan, Turkey, Bulgaria). Moreover, it is being organized by the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Ivane Javakhishvili State University and the Agricultural Research Center.

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On the first day the conference was opened by Nino Tsilosan, Chairman of the Committee of Agrarian Affairs of the Parliament of Georgia, Deputy Minister of Environment and Agriculture Yuri Nozadze and Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Georgia by Raymond Iele.

“This conference is especially important because it concerns the history and traditions of Georgian wheat usage. Georgia is unique in the whole world with its diversity of wheat species. The history of domestication and import of wheat in Georgia is many thousand years ago, which is historically and scientifically proven beneficial for all of us. In recent years a lot has been done to restore endemic wheat varieties. Demand for varieties restored by the Agricultural Scientific and Research Center is also increasing daily,” said Yuri Nozadze.

Similarly Nino Tsilosani underlined that “Georgian wheat is known for its history, diversity of endemic varieties, continuous use in our culture and traditions.I think, due to its uniqueness, Georgian wheat deserves proper recognition, and for this purpose, we will not hesitate to make efforts”.

During his speech, FAO representative in Georgia, Raymond Yele spoke about the role of wheat as an important element in food security and appreciated the effort of the Georgian authorities for the promotion of Georgian wheat.

“Due to the growing population, by 2050, the population will reach 9 billion. Therefore, the consumption of wheat culture will increase. We should not lose our efforts to increase the volume of importing wheat crops. It is worth noting that 20% of energy comes from wheat. Wheat is an important element of food security. Out of 27 types of wheat, 14 are Georgian, which indicates that Georgia has a great tradition in this direction,” stated Raimund Yele.

It is to be added further that Special importance is given to the protection and recovery of Georgian endemic species and varieties of wheat. In 2018, “Georgian Wheat Culture” was defined as a category of national importance and granted the status of Intangible Cultural Heritage.  

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This International conference is being held with the support of the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia, the Committee of Agrarian Affairs of the Parliament of Georgia, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Georgia and the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth.

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