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Appetizer for Georgian wine2013-03-18 15:29
Georgian appetizer in the form of cheese, fish and agricultural products may soon appear on the table of the Russian consumer following the Georgian wine. The delegation of the National Agency for Agriculture of Georgia is going to visit Moscow in the second half of March to negotiate the export of fruits, vegetables and animal products to Russia.
The Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia has recently stated that following the wine and soft drinks, the country intends to export the greens, fruits and vegetable production to Russia, and therefore to send a delegation to Moscow to discuss the issue. "Russia is ready to meet with the Georgian delegation to plan the future activities. This includes exports of fruits, vegetables and animal products: cheese, fish and honey. It is very important that in Russia there is a demand for these products", said the head of the National Agency for Agriculture Zurab Chekurashvili. What is the situation in the agricultural field in Georgia? Whether the country is ready to export fruits and vegetables to foreign markets?
Despite the absence of diplomatic and trade relations, the Georgian greens have always managed to leak out to the Russian market, which is not true of other fruits and vegetables.
Georgian companies for the export of agricultural products should be glad to the new opportunities. However, for some reason they are in no hurry. Several companies, preparing goods for export, at this stage mainly rely on the local market.
According to the National Statistical Service, reflecting the export capacity of the Georgian vegetables, the situation is unattractive. A quick glance at the official statistics is enough to understand that this branch of agriculture of Georgia suffers greatly.
According to the Statistical Center of Georgia, Georgian exports of cucumbers, fresh or frozen, brought $ 9600 in 2012; and in previous years there was no export in this area. Exports of carrots, beets, turnips and other similar vegetables brought $ 11000 in 2009; and in the following year only half of this amount. In 2011, no vegetables were exported from the country. Against this background, the last year's statistics is more hopeful. Vegetable exports brought $ 22000.
The situation with frozen vegetables is much worse. Here profit at all negligible.
The above indicator is extremely low for a country such as Georgia, with a generous nature and fertile soil allowing cultivation of the diversified agricultural products. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the export of Georgian greens and vegetables is just not established. The information service of the Ministry told us they expected changes when the doors of the Russian market prepared to take Georgian products officially opens.
And now they have to rely only on the local market. Coordinator of the "VNT argo" Dimitri Bliadze said that at this stage, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers ripened in greenhouses are being sold only on the Georgian market.
"The sale of ripe products is carried out in all regions of the country at the same time and in agreement with hypermarkets, for which we are the main suppliers of ripe vegetables", says the coordinator of production.