Georgian exports of edible fruits, nuts and vegetables reached record values in 2021. The major contributing factor to this success was the unusually high demand from Russia.
Georgian exports of fruits, nuts and vegetables in 2021 have risen to the highest value observed: $229 million. Exports to Russia have also increased to an unprecedented $90 million, three times higher than 2014-2020 average.
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Hazelnut exports have been recovering since the marmorated stink bug invasion, but they are still about two times lower than in 2016 (before the invasion). While hazelnut exports in 2021 have been hampered by unfavorable weather and crisis in Turkey (major producer of hazelnuts), Georgia’s record high export revenues from selling fruits, nuts and vegetables in 2021 were mostly achieved through increased exports of other products rather than hazelnuts.