Today, in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region, milking and storage practices, as well as the lack of collection control, do not guarantee sufficient milk quality for cheese processing. For companies that process milk, losses are significant. So how can we progress? With the help of GBDC technicians, “Le goût de la montagne” cooperative has embarked on a process of progress.
In 2015, the cooperative “Le goût de la montagne” was created in the village of Adigeni, around 16 cooperative farmers. Supported by the Georgian State programme, it acquired industrial equipment for the manufacture of cheese. It thus produces Sulguni, which it sells mainly on the Tbilisi market.
In the spring of 2018, faced with difficulties in its manufacturing process, the cooperative contacted the GBDC team. Indeed, the farmers did not understand what was happening: for them, their milk was of high quality because it was rich in fat. To understand where the problem came from, the GBDC offered to support them for a week in the mountain pastures; and thus, to share their daily lives, far from the village.