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Georgian government looking for new wheat importers2010-08-26 18:35
Bakur Kvezereli, the Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, said the government is looking for new wheat importers to draw the increase of prices for bread to minimal - Novosti-Gruzia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Within a week the government will work out specific proposals, as some change of prices is expected to the end of the year. We are working in this direction, new programs are being prepared", the Minister said.
Last night he, together with the President, and the PM of Georgia visited one of the city supermarkets. The President ordered the government to prepare specific proposals on diversification of wheat supplies to Georgia.
Saakashvili called on government to put maximum effort not to let the situation on world market of wheat and world changes of price for bread become a heavy burden for the population.
At yesterday's sitting of the government PM Gilauri said the complicated situation in the market was caused by poor harvest. He added that "export is banned in some countries and export of wheat is practically impossible."
In this regard Gilauri claimed of necessity to look for new wheat suppliers. He added the government is working on certain projects on wheat and corn, and they will be published in the nearest future.
Georgia consumes 800 000 tons of wheat annually; only 15 per cent of it is grown on site; the rest is imported, mostly from Russia (95 per cent of import), Kazakhstan, and Ukraine.