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Sheep exports increase

By Messenger Staff
Wednesday, April 7
At the end of 2009 there were only 1/3 of the number of sheep and goats in Georgia there were at the end of 2008. The reason for this is the serious increase in livestock export to Arab countries, which took place in 2009 in particular.

In 2009 Georgia exported 260,000 sheep (as opposed to only 25,000 in 2008) It also exported 46,000 cattle, out of which 33,000 were cows, whereas in 2008 it only exported 2,000. Poultry exports remained steady but pig exports also increased.

Approximate figures for 2009 exports are: cattle over 1 million, pigs around 100,000, sheep and goats together just under half a million, poultry over six million.