The Kobuleti cannery received a total of 5 400 tonnes of non-standard mandarins from Georgian farmers in the 2022-23 season, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Adjara Autonomous Republic told EastFruit while summing up the season.
To assist farmers in selling non-standard mandarins, the Ministry of Agriculture of Adjara has been implementing a program to subsidize their purchase for several years. The only enterprise participating in the program in the 2022-2023 season was the Kobuleti cannery. Under the terms of the program, the plant purchased non-standard mandarins from farmers at a fixed price of 0.20 GEL ($0.08) per 1 kg, of which 0.15 GEL ($0.06) was reimbursed to it from the budget of the Adjara Autonomous Republic.
Due to the end of the season and the consequent lack of supply, the company has stopped accepting non-standard mandarins. The plant produces mandarin concentrate from the purchased raw materials, most of which is exported.
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The total subsidies allocated from the budget of Adjara for the program amounted to 814 000 GEL ($308 000).
Harvest of mandarins in the season 2022-2023 in Adjara was significantly lower compared to last season for several reasons. Thus, the volume of non-standard fruits was also smaller. The Kobuleti cannery has purchased over 9 000 tonnes of non-standard mandarins from farmers in the 2021-2022 season within the framework of the program.
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