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President of Georgia Visits Cheese-Making and Organic Farming Ventures

President Salome Zourabichvili visited the venture of Samtskhe-Javakheti regional agricultural entrepreneur Zaza Ivanidze, who briefed the President on production techniques and the ecologically-friendly technology used in his organic farm, as well as tenili cheese-makers.

President Zourabichvili stated during her visit that one of her goals is to show to younger generations the high employment prospects in agriculture, using successful family farms as proof.
As Zaza Ivanidze stated, his organic farm operates by breeding endemic orchards, producing mulberry juice and fruit leather, flaxseeds, and honey from Meskhetian honeybees. The Ivanidze family aims to turn the village into a bio-touristic centre.

Zaza Ivanidze briefed the President on Meskhetian traditional dishes, tasting the Meskhetian long-pointed loaf, local khachapuri, dry-cured meat, Meskhetian khinkali, matsoni, mulberry fruit leather, mulberry juice, honey, gozinaki of walnuts and flaxseeds, baklava, dried fruits, and churchkhela.

The President of Georgia also visited the Aspindza Municipality, including Meskhetian cheese-makers in the village of Chobareti. The cheese-making enterprise “Mzianeti” in partnership with the “Khareba” Cooperative, produces traditional cheeses using fresh milk. It is noteworthy to remember that according to a 2013 decree of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, the tenili cheese-production techniques was added to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Agrotourism is also developing in Chobareti. Besides the tenili-making venture, President Zourabichvili also toured a three-century-old Meskhetian “Oda” house and a Meskhetian bread bakery.
On Saturday, President Salome Zourabichvili visited the terraces of young winemaker Giorgi Natenadze, which have been under renovation for a few years. Natenadze has grown up to 24 Meskhetian grape types, producing several kinds of wine. Giorgi Natenadze restored the Meskhetian terraces on almost 8 hectares of land and planted different kinds of Meskhetian vineyards.

The President of Georgia has also visited entrepreneur Ashot Khachaturiani, who owns a trout fishery equipped with modern technology producing almost 8 tons of trout a year.

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