Civil.Ge | Planned Budgetary Amendments

Hopefully the huge government expense in covering losses of uninsured farmers will spur initiatives for rural insurance at reasonable premiums.

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In changes unrelated to disaster relief efforts, govt plans to allocate GEL 6m for registration of unemployed citizens and for IDPs needs assessment.

Government said it would allocate from 2012 state budget total of GEL 162.3 million for an immediate and long-term relief efforts after heavy rains, strong winds, hail and flooding overnight on July 19 wreaked havoc on housing and crop lands in eastern region of Kakheti and in some other provinces of the country.

Parliament will approve draft of budgetary amendments, envisaging allocation of these funds, as well as some other changes not related to relief efforts, on July 25.

According to the draft of budgetary amendments funding for relief efforts and for other unrelated changes will mainly come from several sources – by cutting funding for various ministries; GEL 11 million coming from “savings” accumulated from external debt service and GEL 39 million, which will be redirected from regional projects fund.

The government also counts within this GEL 162.3 million for relief efforts GEL 80 million from World Bank loan, which was allocated for Kakheti regional development project and which has already been part of the state budget.

For the purpose of ongoing and immediate relief efforts, such as repairing damaged houses, providing food items to disaster-hit households and distributing monetary compensations for damaged crops, the government is setting up a GEL 50 million temporary special fund.

Government plans to provide households whose farmlands have been completely destroyed with financial compensation from GEL 1,300 to GEL 1,500 each; households who have lost 70-80% of their crops will receive from GEL 800 to Gel 900 and the third category will involve families who have lost half of their crops and they will receive from GEL 300 to Gel 500 in compensations. PM Vano Merabishvili said on July 24, that registration of households that will become eligible for these compensations should be over within next ten days and after that distribution of funds would be launched.

The government’s aid package also includes assistance to those farmers who have bank loans and whose farmlands have been destroyed; the government plans to pay interest rate of these loans for a period of one year. Deputy Finance Minister Papuna Petriashvili said on July 24, that the government was currently working with banks on a scheme under which this aid would be implemented and no exact figures were yet available.

Planned budgetary amendments also envisage allocating additional Gel 2.1 million to local budgets of those municipalities of the Kakheti region, which have been hit by the strong wind, hail and flooding.

Funding of the following ministries will be cut by total of GEL 42.7 million:

Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development from GEL 163.6 million to GEL 134.2 million (presently);
Ministry of Foreign Affairs – from GEL 91 million to GEL 83.5 million;
Finance Ministry – from GEL 123.2 million to GEL 118.2 million;
Ministry of Education and Science – from GEL 600.8 million to GEL 600.6 million;
Interior Ministry – from GEL 585.2 million to GEL 585.05 million;
Ministry of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees – from GEL 38.2 million to GEL 38.1 million;
Ministry in charge of prison system – from GEL 125.1 million to GEL 124.9 million;
Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources – from GEL 290.1 million to GEL 290.3 million;
Ministry of Environment Protection – from GEL 23.877 million to GEL 23.827 million;
Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs – from GEL 59.2 million to GEL 59 million;
State Minister’s Office for Reintegration Issues – from GEL 1.3 million to GEL 1.2 million.

Funding of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure will receive GEL 6 million additional funding, making its 2012 total funding GEL 982 million.

While meeting with lawmakers from an opposition Unity for Justice faction to present the proposed draft of budgetary amendments on July 24, Deputy Finance Minister Papuna Petriashvili had to listen lots of criticism from opposition MPs about spending from reserve funds. Presidential and governmental reserve funds were originally designed to allocate funding in case of emergency situations. GEL 50 million was allocated for each of these funds for current fiscal year. The Deputy Finance Minister told the opposition lawmakers that out of total of GEL 100 million about GEL 60 million had been spent so far from these funds. When pressed to submit detailed information about spending, the Deputy Finance Minister told MPs that these data would be presented to the Parliament by the ministry as part of its regular quarterly reports by the end of this month.

In other planned changes in the 2012 state budget, which are not related to relief efforts, the government intends, according to the Deputy Finance Minister, to allocate total of GEL 6 million for registration of unemployed citizens and for newly announced program on needs assessment survey for internally displaced families.

The government announced earlier this month about the plan to recruit and train 3,000 registrants, or as they will be called “employment agents”, who will then visit households across the country to register unemployed citizens. Government said on July 10 that the move was part of its efforts to create detailed data base of unemployed citizens to then help them with training and employment.

Another program, announced by the Ministry of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees on July 23, envisages compiling a detailed needs assessment survey, which according to the ministry in charge of IDPs, will improve its communication with displaced families, as well as will help in identifying “concrete information about the existing needs of IDPs.”

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Civil.Ge | Disaster Damage to Cost Reportedly at least GEL 150m

Some vineyards in Kakheti have suffered 100% losses of the 2012 vintage due to hail, others 30-70% losses, and damage to vines may even have negative effects on production into 2013. Many grain and vegetable crops also have been destroyed. Food prices are likely to rise as a result. Thankfully both Church and State have been mobilising resources to help the most vulnerable.

The authorities have started repairing damaged roofs, cleaning up roads, restoring power lines and distributing food items, diesel fuel vouchers and pesticides to locals in Kakheti, heavily hit by the heavy rains, strong winds, hail and flooding overnight on July 19, which wreaked havoc on housing and crop lands in this eastern region of Georgia, as well as in some other provinces of the country.

Two relief and humanitarian organizations, CARE International and World Vision, which conducted a joint rapid assessment (pdf) of eleven communities in the Akhmeta, Telavi and Gurjaani municipalities of the Kakheti region on July 20, estimated “the dramatic effects of the event to be the largest disaster in Georgia since the August 2008 conflict.”

“The government of Georgia expects the total cost of the damages at 150 million GEL [about USD 91 million], with 20,000 households affected and 22,000 hectares of arable land damaged in Kakheti alone,” the relief and humanitarian organizations said in a joint statement.

Strong hail also damaged farmlands in several districts of Samtskhe-Javakheti region, including in Aspindza, Adigeni, Vale and Akhaltsikhe, as well as in Mtskheta-Mtianeti region.

While visiting one family in the Kakheti region on July 22, whose vineyard was destroyed by the hail, PM Vano Merabishvili said that on top of already announced compensations and aid the government was also considering distribution of wine to the affected households from September. He, however, also said that despite all the efforts undertaken by the authorities, the government would not be able to fully compensate for the inflicted damage.

President Saakashvili said on July 20, that the government “will spend probably hundreds of millions” for relief efforts.

Bidzina Ivanishvili, leader of opposition Georgian Dream coalition, who said would pay GEL 10 million from his multi-million fine to help fill state coffers as his contribution to relief efforts, visited some of the affected communities in the Kakheti region on July 22; he said government’s plan to provide from GEL 300 to GEL 1,500 in compensation for lost crops was not enough.

New Rights leader Davit Gamkrelidze was also in the region on July 22 helping some locals in cleaning up works. He called on the authorities to consider providing tax breaks for small businesses in Kakheti.

Christian-Democratic Movement, a leading party in small parliamentary minority group, whose leaders have also visited the Kakheti region, has called on the government to increase amount of planned compensations to GEL 10,000.

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YFN Georgia Distributing Pig Genetics from the United Kingdom

We are pleased to announce that our Livestock Division will now be distributing Grandparent Gilts, Parent Gilts and Terminal Sires from the production network of JSR Genetics of the UK.

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