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Ostriches are back to Georgia

2013-05-15 12:06

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Georgian government is seriously meditating on the development of exotic business in the country. This time we are talking about breeding ostriches. This business should be run with help of Iranian investment. The Georgian people are seriously alarmed. "First, the previous government was driving us crazy with the crocodiles. Where is Georgia, and where are crocodiles?" outraged people said. "Now the new government is talking about ostriches." What are the arguments of the officials? Is the breeding of exotic animals in Georgia in order to attract foreign capital justified?

Taking into account the bitter experience of the past, today it is hardly possible to predict a successful development of the exotic business in Georgia. Any attempt by local or foreign investors to breed frogs, crocodiles and ostriches here has always ended in complete failure. They failed to sale crocodile of frog meat even in the foreign markets, not to mention the local level.

As we know, with the onset of the global economic crisis in 2008, the government of Georgia has launched a new project. According to the Minister of Agriculture, that was about breeding ostriches, frogs, crocodiles and snails. In 2009, Georgia planned to pose a serious competitor to well-known vendors in the market of frog and crocodile meat.

A couple of years ago, this business was considered quite popular in Georgia, as well as contributing to the development of the country. It was planned to export crocodile meat to Europe for 40 euros and the skin 500 for euros. However, the "great idea" actually appeared a great fail. The project failed to become beneficial for the country. However, this government of Georgia has "delicately" papered over this fact. The fiasco that had befallen the project of "exotic business" became known from foreign publications. In particular, this was reported by The Financial noting that Georgia had not managed to find a niche in the market and export of frog meat failed. However, in Georgia the press and TV as if typed into the mouth water.

One setback pulled a chain of others. Breeding of reptiles in Zugdidi village of Tsaishi, where 50 crocodiles were brought from Australia, also failed. Georgians carried out some experiments over them for a long time. All four cubs hatched out from 4 eggs, but the two soon died. As it turned out later, this was due to the presence of sulfur in the thermal waters of the village of Tsaishi, which prevents the growth process of crocodiles.

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