In May, Georgian farmers had negative expectations regarding the harvest due to bad weather conditions in the spring. Despite this, in May, Georgian cherries began to be actively exported, because Uzbekistan, for example, had even more serious problems with the cherry harvest and prices there remained extremely high.
According to official data from the Ministry of Finance, in May 2021 Georgia exported 9.9 tons of cherries. This might seem to be not a lot, but such an early start against the background of high prices is very indicative, because usually Georgian cherries are exported only in June-July.
Although Russia remained the main importer of Georgian cherries in May, 1.4 tons managed to be flown into Qatar. According to market participants, the supply of cherries to the Qatari market is significantly favorable in price, despite higher transport costs, increased requirements for packaging and product quality and incomparably lower volumes due to the possibility of loading aircraft.
According to east-fruit.com, 2020 was an outstanding year for the exports of cherries from Georgia. Then 504 tons of fresh cherries were exported, the highest figure in the last six years. Compared to 2019, the export of cherries in 2020 has almost tripled! It is possible that this year we will see further achievements, if not in export volumes, then in the market diversification of cherry supplies from Georgia.