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Georgia goes berry picking

2010-12-13 18:42

11290.jpegSakartvelo's agricultural sector is in a serious decay. Despite the task set by Georgian government, rehabilitation of tea plantations is going very bad, while the tangerine season in Adzharia has been officially admitted poor. But the world's demand for blackberry has grown significantly. The whimsical tendencies have touched the post-Soviet space as well. Georgian Ministry of Agriculture is trying to keep up with the trend. Head of administration Bakur Kvezereli ordered to remove tea plantations and plant blackberries instead. Ultimately, the whole affair will turn cheap and advantageous: berries for eating, leaves for tea.


The fight for rehabilitation of the Georgian tea started under former President Eduard Shchevardnadze. On his order, millions of laris were allocated by federal budget to support the export of tea products. However, these measures did not bring the expected results and after the Rose Revolution plantations lapsed into private hands where they finally fell asleep in the Lord.

Still, the Georgian government is not accustomed to giving up the stated goals. Bakur Kvezereli was given the task of reviving agricultural sector and that's it. They did not name the methods, though, to be used by the minister in his struggle with the agricultural decay. Ultimately, everyone came to the conclusion that tea plantations are unnecessary: they only involve losses. Besides, the Indian drink that Georgian people are treated with is quite drinkable. The only point was to decide what to plant on the vacant hectares.

At present, the government is actively discussing the project implying the replacement of tea crop with blackberry plantations. Inspired officials are already dreaming of wonderful berries they will grow in their farmland and the blackberry export enriching Georgia's state treasury. And of course, they are weighing the jackpot they'll hit. The government will obviously allocate a pretty sum of money that could be spent on dusting the electors' eyes: just look at us diligently fulfilling our duties!

In general, according to the analysts' forecasts, the aggregate blackberry world production will reach 680 thousand tons by 2015. Today the berry is actively grown in North and Latin America which sell it to Great Britain, Japan, Hong-Kong and Singapore. Those who have been cultivating blackberry for long are already trumpeting the significant fall in prices for their product in recent years and further inevitable price collapse, which factor is certainly going to lead to the growth of demand. No wonder the Georgian government made up its mind to stick to the "blackberry queen".


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