On September 8, 2010, a pest control service-centre was opened in Khurcha, by Ingur/i. The event was attended by the local villagers, NGO representatives and international organizations including EU officials.
The agenda of the meeting included the presentation of the recently registered ‘Khurcha’ community organisation, which is going to monitor the pest-control activities of the centre, and the presentation of the service-centre itself in a form of equipment and action demonstrations: service-centre employees wore special coveralls especially designed for the pest-control initiative and demonstrated the ways to exterminate hyphantria cunea, also knows as the Fall Web Worm – a pest which is causing substantial damage to agricultural crops.
Service-centre is fully equipped with necessary pest-control tools, sprayers and chemicals, as well as informational booklets. As of today, 15 hectares of walnut plantations were cleaned from hyphantria cunea. The 2009-2010 phases of the initiative have been generously financed by the Instrument for Stability of the European Union.
CBDN organised a presentation of the Caucasian Bouquet in Gyumri on September 3, 2010. Apart from local dignitaries, among the guests were the Head of the European Commission Delegation to Armenia Ambassador Raul de Luzenberger, representatives of British, American, Italian and Russian Embassies, and local NGO and business community. The guests enjoyed Caucasian wine in a friendly atmosphere that was accompanied by the classical music played by local musicians. The presentation took place simultaneously in two adjacent premises – the CBDN Office and a nearby supermarket.
The event provided a good opportunity to showcase the Caucasian Bouquet initiative along with CBDN’s other regional brands such as Caucasian Cheese and Caucasus Tea.
CBDN’s common Caucasian brands are aimed at popularising the idea of regional economic cooperation and promoting the role of economic (f)actors in peacebuilding. The guest audience showed great interest not only towards the regional wine-label but CBDN as a structure and its growing work across the South Caucasus. The presentation received wide coverage in the print media and TV.
The event was supported by the International Alert and funded by the Conflict Prevention Pool of the British Government.