The Current Export Figures for Georgian Apples are Several Times Higher than the Last Year
The volume of apple exports from Georgia, as of October 4, amounted to 1,753 tons. This is about five times more than a year ago (334 tons).
According to the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, 95% of the total export volume, which is 1673 tons, goes to Russia. In second place among the export markets for Georgian apples is Kazakhstan (75 tons), in third place is Armenia (5 tons).
The current indicator of Georgia’s income from apple exports, as of October 4, amounted to $ 773 thousand, which is about four times more than a year ago ($ 200 thousand).
Harvesting of apples in Georgia began in the first decade of September. A record harvest of apples is expected in the country this year – at the level of 120 thousand tons. In comparison, the apple harvest in 2017 amounted to 20 thousand tons, in 2018 – 83 thousand tons, in 2019 – 44 thousand tons. The leading supplier of Georgian apples to the market is the Shida Kartli region.
Within the framework of the “Unified Agricultural Project,” the state supports the modernization of traditional and arrangement of modern orchards in the country. With the “Plant the Future” project’s support, which has been implemented since 2015 (part of the Unified Agricultural Project), 1 thousand 128 hectares of intensive and semi-intensive apple orchards were laid in Georgia.