In general, it is safe to say that 2020 was predominantly positive for the Georgian horticultural sector. Exports rose to record levels and production volumes for nearly all export products in 2020 were significantly higher than in the previous season.
Revenues from the Georgian fruit and vegetable sector, according to preliminary estimates, may grow by 40% in 2020 and reach $185 million. The imports of fruit and vegetable products, on the contrary, will decrease by 3-5% to $100 million. Russia remains the largest sales market and exports to Russia grew by 45% over the year, but exports to Germany actually grew faster over the year and it more than doubled.
The biggest exports breakthrough in terms of revenue came from hazelnuts, which are gradually recovering from the damage done to the industry by the marble bug.
Exports of Georgian hazelnuts increased by more than 40%. We also note a sharp increase in exports of peaches and nectarines (over 70%), mandarins (30%), persimmons (27%), blueberries (4 times), other berries, and even oranges! Exports of fresh plums from Georgia increased more than 13 times in a year to a record 2,800 tons!
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