Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of GeoFlower, LTD Drying Facility

On 15 October, USAID/REAP hosted an official ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of newly established Drying Facility located in Ambrolauri, Racha Region. Opening Ceremony was attended by Michael Rossman, USAID/Caucasus Contracting Officer and Local Municipality Representatives.

With REAP’s support, Geoflower upgraded their processing lines and established modern cold storage facility that will enable them to collect and process wild fruits, citruses, herbs and roots from smallholder farmers from the different regions.

 

USAID/REAP Investment was utilized for purchasing: fruit and herb washing lines, pit/seed remover, fruit, herbs and roots cutters, roots dryer, cold storage equipment ans a quality inspection line.

 

Partner’s investment was used for: reconstruction of a warehouse and construction of the cold storage facility, installation of new equipment and waste water systems, purchase of raw materials, payment for direct labor and marketing costs.

 

During project implementation, more than 120 collectors will benefit from supplying wild fruits, herbs and roots to Geoflower. 80 new farmers already supplied raw materials in 2014 and company created 9 jobs including 4 women.