The harvest of watermelons has started in the Republic of Georgia, but growers are not very excited about the current market. Imports are unusually high and prices are low for the season start. Watermelon imports have increased more than four times in March-May compared to last year same period.
Image: Ministry of Finance of Georgia
East-fruit.com reports that, according to official data published by the Ministry of Finance, Georgia has imported 2,589 tons of watermelon from Iran and Turkey in March-May 2021. This is the highest amount for the last eight years. Increased imports is related to the market state in producing countries.
Together with decreased demand, prices of watermelon have also decreased. According to official data average price per kg of imported watermelon in Georgia, this year was $0.1 which is 50% lower compared to last year in the same period.