BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb.2
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:
Some 15,300 tons of hazelnuts worth $79.2 million were exported from Georgia from August 1, 2020, through January 31, 2021, Trend reports via the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.
According to the ministry, the volume of hazelnut exports in the reported period increased by 5,000 tons or 49 percent. The export value increased by $26.8 million or 51 percent more year-on-year.
According to the agency, Georgian hazelnuts are mainly exported to EU markets, regional countries, and the Middle East.
The ministry reported that hazelnut production, hence exports, has been declining since 2016 following the spread of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) and fungal diseases and reached a minimum of 17,000 tons in 2018.
The large-scale measures taken by the relevant services and farmers against stink bugs resulted in high-quality hazelnut harvest collected in 2020.
The export of hazelnuts from Azerbaijan to Georgia decreased in 2020. In 2020 Georgia imported 553 tons of hazelnuts from Azerbaijan worth $343,120.
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