Hazelnut harvest to reach 40-45 tons in Georgia this year
Baku, Azerbaijan, September 6
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:
Up to 40-45 tons of hazelnut will be harvested in Georgia this year, said Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture Levan Davitashvili, Trend reports citing the ministry.
“With the support of the state, private sector and donor organizations, Georgia has managed to preserve the hazelnut crop. Due to the work performed, the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of hazelnuts have increased,” Davitashvili said.
Two years ago, hazelnut production in Georgia declined sharply, which was due to the invasion of brown marmorated stink bugs. As a result, the share of nuts in the structure of Georgian exports in 2017 fell from the second position to the eighth in the list of the country's main export goods, and for 2018, it did not even fall into the top ten.
According to the minister, as a result of measures taken to protect the country's crops, a large amount of hazelnuts is expected this year in Adjara. The hazelnut harvest will be approximately 80 percent higher than last year.
In January-June 2019, Georgia exported 3,100 tons of hazelnuts, which is 47.7 percent less than the figure for the same period in 2018. The revenues from the export of nuts for the six months of this year decreased by two times to $15.6 million.
The sales markets for Georgian hazelnuts are mainly Europe, Russia and other CIS countries.