From August 1 to December 26, 2021, 3.800 tonnes of apples worth $2.5 million were exported from Georgia Novosti-Georgia reports with reference to the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia.
Almost all of these apples were exported to Russia (3 787 tonnes). 5 tonnes were exported to Armenia.
The Georgian government has helped farmers sell the harvest of non-standard apples at fixed prices this year, as it did last year. The state subsidy program for enterprises purchasing non-standard apples from farmers ended on December 15. Within the framework of the program, the enterprises processed more than 35 thousand tonnes of non-standard apples, and the income of farmers exceeded 9 million GEL.
The Substandard Apple Harvest Promotion Program allows farmers to deliver low-quality apples at an affordable price. At the same time, it helps to provide raw materials for fruit processing enterprises. The apple juice concentrate obtained from the processing of non-standard apples is mainly exported to the EU markets.
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