Georgia enjoys a plentiful harvest of grapes, citrus and apples
Thursday, October 15This year Georgia, is enjoying a plentiful grape, citrus and apple harvest – and a larger than normal yield means that farmers in Georgia’s agricultural regions are earning a higher income by selling their abundance of fresh produce.
Georgia’s leading wine-producing region Kakheti had generated more than 90 million GEL in income for local farmers from selling about 133,000 tonnes of grapes, which was a record for the region.
The grape harvest is coming to an end in Kakheti; however, it is still in full-swing in Georgia’s Racha region.
Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili already received a report about this year’s harvest from the Agricultural Minister, Otar Danelia. The report noted the special coordination centre for grape picking would soon close in Kakheti.
Meanwhile in Racha, as of today, about 400 tonnes of grapes have been processed this season. The average price for one kilogram of grapes in Racha was five GEL.
Danelia said this year Georgia was expecting an increased citrus harvest. Next week representatives of the Agriculture Ministry will visit Georgia’s western regions, where the citrus harvest will start in a few weeks’ time.
Meanwhile, the apple harvest was successfully continuing in Georgia’s Shida Kartli region. Danelia said increased demand on apples this year meant the price of apples had increased to two GEL per kilogram of apples. This price increase would have a flow-on effect and benefit local growers. (Agenda.ge)