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Blame of rains in Racha proven by Ministry of Agriculture2010-10-14 16:10
Since Russian markets have been closed for Georgian wine, Sakartvelo peasants visit the wine-receiving stations at plants and wine companies with fear. They dread being told one day that their labor has gone down the drain and the grapes are no longer needed, as well as the drink produced from them. This kind of misfortune happened to common citizens of Racha. They are left without the only source of income; however, today, Ministry of Agriculture chased away their fears by attributing the plants' unwillingness to receive the gold berries to rainy weather.
Perhaps, many people know the anecdote about soldiers Kasradze, Nasradze and Siradze serving in the Soviet Army - they were born in Racha. But few people know that the unique cultivar of grape, of which the real Khvanchkara (a type of wine) is produced, is cultivated in this mountainous region adjoining South Ossetia. That is why, the news about the wine plants in Racha that stopped receiving grapes from peasants has startled all the wine lovers in Georgia.
However, today, Minister of Agriculture of Georgia Bakur Kvezereli calmed down the public: Racha population has got no problems with grapes reception.
Before that, Georgian radio station Commersant had reported that the villagers made complaints to the editor's office about the closed reception stations and the suddenly shut hotline.
The grapes overripened. Rains came, and bunches of grapes started rotting. The crop was spoiled, and the people were left without money.
The problem was admitted even by Deputy Regional Governor Rostoma Tskhvediani. He just lifted his hands in dismay and advised the peasants to start treading grapes themselves. It's better than feeding the crop to goats and sheep, though they would be very thankful for that.
Tskhvediani explained to the journalists that rains took sweetness from the grapes, and this material is good for nothing but the Okruashvili's notorious "fecal matter". At best, it is good for producing sour compote with a miserly percent of alcohol. That is why, wine companies do not want to pay three laris per kilo of raw material, for Khvanchkara made of it will be very hard to sell.
So, is it all untrue - the closed reception stations, Tskhvediani's explanations, and was all of it just an oppositional subversive act of the radio station?
Well, it is true, only the scale is different, Press Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia Georgy Chaduneli assured GeorgiaTimes.