USDA supports Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia on citrus yield projection (November 14)

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From Nov 9- 14, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) expert statistician Ms. Sarah Hoffman and USDA Georgia staff started piloting citrus objective yield measurement procedures in Adjara region with counterparts from local Ministry of Agriculture (MOA). Citrus is the fourth agricultural crop that USDA will help 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 citrus 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).