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Agriculture in need of support

By Messenger Staff
Thursday, October 3
After the Rose Revolution, Georgian agriculture degraded. GDP share from agriculture declined from 19% down to 9%. Since 2003, export of agricultural products decreased while import increased more than six-fold. That year’s export reached $160 million USD, whereas import reached $179 million USD. In 2012 export came to $443 million USD, whereas import came to $1.1 billion. Georgia produced 100% of vegetables to satisfy its demands, whereas today it satisfies only 75% of local consumption. Many segments of agriculture need urgent assistance including sheep breeding, the tea industry, and others.