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So far, quick growth in almond production is not met with strong exports in Georgia

As the 2022-2023 almond season is over and the new one is underway, EastFruit analysts note that Georgia exported about 10% of the production in the last season. Given the fast growth of local production, this result should be a warning. Georgia needs to establish almond exports soon.

According to the official trade data, Georgia exported 130 tons of almonds (in-shell) and 23 tons of kernels in the 2022-2023 season (August-July). All of the in-shell almonds went to Uzbekistan, while kernels were exported to the United Arab Emirates. Export revenues from almonds amounted to $280 thousand, where kernels had a share of 40%.

See also: Growing Almond Industry in Georgia: Key Producers and Export Opportunities

Georgia imports almond kernels only. In the last season, the country imported 120 tons of kernels. Surprisingly, this amount is the highest in the last eight seasons, which can be explained by bottlenecks in the local processing sector.

According to the estimates of the local stakeholders Georgia produced 2,000-2,500 tons of almonds in the 2022-2023 season – more than double than a season earlier. Projections from the local association indicated fast growth of Georgian almond production, which will surpass 14,000 tons in 2027.

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