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Georgian government had tricked peasants2012-12-24 19:34
A table grape is not something uncommon at the Georgian markets. It is of excellent quality and appearance. The demand is great, especially now, in advance of the holidays. But a buyer who wants to buy grapes today in Tbilisi is more likely to meet the Armenian, imported. At the same time, the grape from Kakheti is rotting in refrigerators. The government has allowed import of Armenian grapes to the Georgian market, which is why local farmers are on the verge of bankruptcy.
Popular belief says: if you have seen a grape in a dream, it heralds the concern and possible hardships. In order to overcome many difficulties, you have to mobilize all forces and demonstrate the best quality. You will face cruel fate, but you will survive the test.
Georgian farmers, owners of grape land, have found themselves in a similar situation, not in a dream, but in reality. They face imminent bankruptcy. The fact is that they have failed to sell tons of grapes. They blame the government, or rather its unfair decision, for this.
Retailers of the grapes claim that they have taken huge loans from banks, and now they are unlikely to be able to repay them in spite of the fact that the majority of the refrigerators in the markets are full of grapes.
"I have 32 tons of grapes in the fridge. I have taken a 50 thousand loan; I had to mortgage the house, the car - all that I had. On December 3, the Ministry of Agriculture gave permission to import grapes from Armenia. Armenian grapes looks beautiful and attract more customers; and our grape, we mainly grow for winemaking purposes, does not look quite attractive. Though it is no less delicious, we cannot sell it even for lesser price. 700-800 kilo of grapes have spoiled", said Malkhaz Purtseladze, a farmer from Gurjaani.
In Kakheti, in special refrigerators, today there are storing more than 200 tons of table grapes, the so-called "ladies' fingers". If the farmers would have sold it in time, today they would not have been facing the problem of sale. Farmers buy grapes in September and October and sell when there is a deficit. But this time, the National Trade Promotion Agency gave permission for the grapes import from Armenia.