Georgian avocado imports increased by 130% in volume in Q1 of 2022, compared to the same period in 2021. The main suppliers of valuable fruit are the Netherlands and Turkey. The Netherlands were the leader in supplies and in the first quarter of 2022, more than 50% of the avocados were supplied by Turkey, which increased the exports of avocado to Georgia more than five-fold.
In April, Georgia imported 71 tons of avocados, which is also 130% more than in April 2021. Analysts attribute the rapid growth in the popularity of avocados to an increased number of foreigners visiting the country.
The growth in demand for exotics also inspired local producers to experiment, and the first commercial avocado orchard was planted in Guria in 2021. Despite some negative experiences with low temperatures, the company claim they are not going to give up growing avocados.