Georgia exported 9,800 tons of apples from August 1, 2020, to January 31, 2021, which is 13 times more than a year ago according to the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia. Approximately 96% of all export deliveries (9,400 tons) were made to Russia. Export markets for Georgian apples also include Kazakhstan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Hungary, Singapore and Hong Kong (China). The volume of apple exports in monetary terms for the specified period amounted to $4.2 million, which is 11 times more than in the same period of the previous season.
This season’s apple harvest in Georgia has not yet been calculated but the ministry is forecasting it will be 120,000 tons. The apple harvest in Georgia in 2017 was 20,000 tons, in 2018 it was 83,000 tons, and in 2019 it was 44,000 tons.
About 50,000 tons of non-standard apples were sent to processing enterprises within the framework of the state’s program to promote the sale of non-standard apples by farmers this season. The purchase of non-standard apples by enterprises from farmers was carried out at a price of at least 0.22 lari/kg ($0.07/kg) of which 0.1 lari ($0.03) was subsidized by the state.
Today, the cost of 1 kg of high-quality apples in the capital’s agricultural markets is in the range of 1.0 – 3.0 lari ($0.3-$0.9) depending on the variety. The main supplier of Georgian apples to the market is the Shida Kartli region.
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