In the villages around Armenia’s Lake Sevan, for up to 10 months of the year the men work away in Russia to earn enough money for the family to survive. This leaves the women alone to complete the back-breaking farm work — and the children growing up without their fathers. [Read more…]
Eastern Georgia’s Kakheti region is enjoying a bountiful harvest of peaches this summer. But far from celebrating their success, farmers say their peaches are being left to rot, and question why no one is helping them in their dire situation. [Read more…]
Armenia’s apricot farmers have had a bountiful season, but are unable to enjoy the fruits of their labour. They say that Spayka, an exporter with alleged connections to the president’s son-in-law, has captured the market — and is abusing its misbegotten power.
For Nikoloz ‘Niki’ Antadze, his growing winery in the village of Manavi, Kakheti, is a dream come true. Niki who is in his forties, first made wine when he was a child, having learned the craft from his father and uncle. For him, the space on which his vineyard stands contains a dose sacred of importance. To begin with, the neighbouring village of Tokhliauri is a direct link to his ancestry, where his predecessors lived and made their own wine. [Read more…]
Residents of a village in central Daghestan have appealed in court against the military’s acquisition of agricultural land in their village. On 20 June, Daghestan’s Supreme Court postponed consideration of the claim at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office, who have asked for more time to study the case. [Read more…]
Draft constitution amendments will allow only citizens of Georgia to buy agricultural lands. [Read more…]
On 5 June, Head of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov ordered that the authorities not help Ingush officials to repair their houses, many of which have recently been affected by heavy rainfall and hail. The decision will be in effect until all affected houses belonging to economically disadvantaged people are repaired, he claims.
A number of Meskhetian farmers have had to store their harvests, worth thousands of laris to them, at home to rot, or to feed the cattle. [Read more…]
Chechnya, like many other modern-day republics of the Russian Federation, has experienced desolation of highland villages and an outflow of people, mostly young people, to the cities in the plains. People commonly say that they leave their ancestral villages in search of a ‘better life’. In fact, the reality often falls short of the migrants’ expectations, because even the largest city with its shiny skyscrapers often can’t give them what they’re looking for.
Farmers from southern Georgia’s historic Meskheti region are struggling to plant crops this spring. Meskhetian farmers complain of increased prices on fuel and equipment and say that this year they will plant a much smaller area than last year. [Read more…]