Mukhuri Cluster

The village of Mukhuri is one of the outstanding villages in Chkhorotsku municipality of the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, which at once represents a combination of beautiful and impressive nature, local flora, climate, and locals actively involved in agriculture, together with their traditions, customs, and history. A research center has also been opened in the village for researching and preservation of the special breed of the Megrelian population of the Georgian Mountain Gray Bee (also known as the Mukhuri bee).

Beekeeping is one of the main, traditional agricultural activities for local Mukhuri residents. The Khbistskhali Gorge, located near the village of Mukhuri, creates an ideal environment for bees with a variety of honey plants. According to locals, the mother bee of the Megrelian population of the Georgian Mountain Gray Bee lives in Mukhuri, which is endowed with outstanding anatomical and natural faculties. Apart from honey, Mukhuri also produces other beekeeping products, which makes local production even more diverse.

Due to the unique cultural, natural, and climatic potential of Mukhuri as well as the agricultural possibilities, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with the funding of the Czech Republic, has chosen Mukhuri as a pilot cluster, where a combination of small entrepreneurs and beekeepers are presented. A group of small entrepreneurs creates a fertile ground for local development and the establishment of the Mukhuri cluster. The project is called “ Increasing the Competitiveness of Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Region Through a Cluster Development Approach”. The project aims to develop areas such as beekeeping in the Mukhuri cluster, as well as to use the Biocultural Heritage, resources and opportunities available in Mukhuri to develop rural-tourism.

In terms of rural-tourism, Mukhuri is distinguished by the potential of activities for vacationers, such as hiking, canyoning, speleology and speleodiving, kayaking, sightseeing, viewing natural and cultural monuments, walking in nature, participating in activities typical to the local population, such as cultural events, cookery, and others.

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