Vegetable production in Georgia has increased by 15% in recent years and amounted to 176.1 tons, said Otar Shamugia, the country’s agriculture minister, on Thursday.
Shamugia revealed the figure in comments which also explained that a large proportion of vegetable imports come from the off-season due to a lack of infrastructure needed to store seasonal vegetables – including sub-standard refrigeration facilities. and modern technologies.
The government has launched a state program to co-finance vegetable storage enterprises for agricultural cooperatives to solve the existing problem, he said.
The co-financing will ensure the storage of the harvest in accordance with international standards and the development of the necessary infrastructure,” the Minister added.
During his address to MPs in the form of a Minister’s Hour, Shamugia also referred to a co-financing program for agricultural mechanization, launched last year by the country’s government. He said more than ₾140 million ($45.6 million/€42.2 million) worth of agricultural machinery had been mobilized under the program.
A total of 2,327 beneficiaries received various types of agricultural machinery under the program, while co-financing from the Rural Development Agency amounted to ₾45.6 million ($14.8 million/13 $.7 million), the official also noted.
The number of countries where Georgian wine is exported has increased from 40 to 60 in recent years, Shamugia told lawmakers, adding that the United States, Poland, Germany, China and the Baltic states had been “solidly established” among the top ten exporting countries.
Note that in 2021, 107 million bottles of wine were exported […]which is the highest figure in the period of independent Georgia,” Shamugia said.
The Agriculture Minister was speaking in Parliament yesterday in the Minister’s Hour format, where government officials cover issues relating to their area of work and answer questions from lawmakers.