Georgia reduces wheat imports
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan.23
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:
Georgia imported 492,800 tons of wheat in 2019, which is 14.6 tons less than in 2018, Trend reports referring to Georgian National Statistics Service (Geostat).
In 2019, Georgia received 430,200 tons of wheat (87.3 percent of total imports) from Russia.
Wheat was also supplied from Kazakhstan – 56,200 tons (11.4 percent), the US – 6,000 tons (1.2 percent) and in small quantities from Iran, Turkey, Greece, Austria and Germany.
Import of meslin to Georgia grew by 15.1 percent in 2019 compared to 2018 and amounted to 16,900 tons. In particular, 12,900 tons of meslin were delivered from the Russian Federation (76.3 percent), 2,300 tons (13.6 percent) from Kazakhstan, 1,300 tons (7.7 percent) from Ukraine, as well as from Lithuania, Austria, Italy, France, Belarus.
According to Geostat, in monetary terms, wheat imports totaled $105.1 million (a decrease of 8.5 percent), and meslin imports reached $4.8 million (an increase of 20 percent). In particular, wheat worth $90.7 million (a decrease of 5.3 percent) and meslin worth $3.6 million (an increase of 22.9 percent) were delivered from Russia,
Georgia annually consumes 750,000-800,000 tons of wheat.
Data on the wheat crop in Georgia in 2019 has not yet been published.
Wheat production in the republic in 2018 amounted to 107,100 tons, which is 9.4 percent more than in 2017.
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