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Locally grown exotic fruits offset Georgian imports

Loladze Farm is the only producer of the kiwano (spiked melon) in Georgia. Loladze Farm grows exotic fruits and it has partially replaced their import counterparts in the Georgian market. The company is a family-run business with 10 hectares located in the town of Lagodekhi in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia.

For the last 6 years, the farm has been focusing on the production of exotic fruits, which now include mini-kiwi, okra, pepino, kiwano, physalis, and black corn. The farm’s products are sold in Georgian supermarket chains, including AgroHub and Goodwill. quoted Lasha Loladze, one of the founders of the company, as saying: “After we started producing kiwano, imports of this fruit to Georgia completely stopped. The reason is that the imported products were no longer for sale. Naturally, in their case, the transportation costs were quite high, therefore, they could not compete with us in price.”

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