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UMCOR Georgia to Receive $3 Million for Agricultural Development

NEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2006-The United Methodist Committee on Relief Non Governmental Organization received notification that the US Department of Agriculture intends to award over $3 million in commodities to support agriculture development in the Republic of Georgia. This is part of USDA's Food for Progress program. The program provides for the donation or credit sale of US commodities to developing countries and emerging democracies to support democracy and expansion of private enterprise.

This is the fourth Food for Progress program to be implemented by UMCOR Georgia. The USDA has agreed to provide and ship to Georgia 8,000 metric tons (MT) of wheat, 1,500 MT of sunflower seed oil, and 400 MT of dry milk. They are all items needed in the Georgian food market.

UMCOR Georgia will sell these products and use the proceeds to implement Modern Agricultural Quest (MAQ). The MAQ program develops the production and marketing capacity of small-sized agricultural private enterprises and individual farmers in the Samtskhe-Javakheti and Shida Kartli Regions of Georgia. This is accomplished by helping small agricultural private enterprises and small farmers improve production and marketing, expand their business through micro-credits, improve the socioeconomic conditions in their communities through investment projects, and by introducing new agricultural technologies.