While official statistics may say otherwise, many see unemployment in Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay–Cherkessia as among the worst in Russia. Deindustrialisation, social alienation, and local corruption have all played a part in the region’s stagnation.
Russia has dropped a ‘temporary embargo’ on Abkhazian agricultural goods, just a week after it was announced. The move comes just a week after Georgia’s announced a new initiative to simplify trade with Abkhazians and South Ossetians. [Read more…]
Abkhazian authorities have announced they are introducing ‘temporary restrictions on the import of agricultural products from Georgia into Abkhazia’. They said the ban is a response to outbreaks of the brown marmorated stink bug, an agricultural pest which has devastated crops in the western Caucasus in recent years. Last week, Russia banned agricultural imports from Abkhazia. [Read more…]
Moscow has banned the import of fruits, nuts, and vegetables from Abkhazia, citing the need to prevent the spread of the brown marmorated stink bug, an agricultural pest, to Russia. They later blamed Georgia for spreading the pest, saying it ‘may be a part of biological sabotage’. Georgia has dismissed the claims.
Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has announced plans to merge a number of ministries, cutting down on the total number by four. The changes are being accompanied by a Cabinet reshuffle. [Read more…]
Georgia’s parliament recently adopted a package of constitutional amendments. Among the many changes were those regulating the sale of agricultural land. According to the amendments, ‘agricultural land, as a resource of special importance, can only be owned by the state, a self-governing entity, a citizen of Georgia, or a union of Georgian citizens’. [Read more…]
An agricultural pest — the stink bug — has ravaged crops across western Georgia and Abkhazia this year. Aid was sent to Abkhazia by the government in Tbilisi, but people in Gali have seen no sign of these pesticides, which might possibly have saved their livelihoods. [Read more…]
At over 2,000 metres above sea level, in the last village before the northern mountain pass from Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh, life in Sotk can be arduous. The village, which until 30 years ago was inhabited by Azerbaijanis, is now home to Armenians who fled their homes in Azerbaijan, though most of these have also moved on to greener pastures.