BAKU, Azerbaijan, April 15. Georgia managed to increase hazelnut exports due to minimizing the damage from pests, the Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture Otar Shamugia said during the “ministerial hour” at the parliament, Trend reports via the Ministry.
“Amid the global warming, Georgia saw a sharp increase in pests, and, in order to diminish the damage to crops and maintain harvest, preventive measures are implemented every year,” the minister said.
He added that due to this measures Georgia was able to significantly increase its hazelnuts production and, as a result, exports.
According to the National Statistics Office (Geostat), Georgia’s hazelnut exports in 2021 amounted to $118 million, which is an increase compared to 2020 ($94 million).
The main countries for Georgia’s hazelnut exports in 2021 were mostly the EU countries, such as Italy ($31.4 million), Germany ($26.5 million), Spain ($4.5 million), Czech Republic ($4 million), and Lithuania ($3.8 million).
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