USDA Supports Georgian Ministry of Agriculture on Wheat Yield Projections (April 20 – 24)

USDA Supports Georgian Ministry of Agriculture on Wheat Yield Projections (April 20 – 24)

From April 20-24, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) expert statistician David Luckenbach and USDA Georgia staff helped to train Georgian Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) staff on wheat objective measurement procedures in the Kakheti and Shida Kartli Regions.  Trainings were held in Telavi and Gori for MoA staff who will be collecting critical information and field measurements to estimate wheat yields in both Regions.  Wheat is one of four agricultural crop that USDA has helped to develop scientific methodologies on forecasting yield based on precise statistical counts and measurements. This methodology and procedures will help Ministry of Agriculture to collect more accurate and timely data, and enable Georgia to forecast yields of wheat before the harvest.

Crop objective yield methodology is a very important tool in assisting the Ministry of Agriculture to develop an effective agricultural information system and strengthen a new policy unit tasked to conduct market and agricultural policy analysis.

These activities fall within the framework of USDA’s Georgia Agricultural Policy Initiative (GAPI), a three-year project funded by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).