EastFruit – 2020 was predominantly positive for the Georgian horticultural sector
The EastFruit team in Georgia sums up the results from main events of 2020 and shares links to the most profound materials on the fruit and vegetable business.
Overall, 2020 was predominantly positive for the Georgian horticultural sector. Exports rose to record levels and production volumes for nearly all export products in 2020 were significantly higher than in the previous season. Revenue from the Georgian fruit and vegetable sector, according to preliminary estimates by EastFruit analysts, may grow by 40% in 2020 and reach $185 million.
The biggest exports breakthrough in terms of revenue came from hazelnuts, which are gradually recovering from the damage done to the industry by the marble bug. Exports of Georgian hazelnuts increased by more than 40%. We also note a sharp increase in exports of peaches and nectarines (over 70%), mandarins (30%), persimmons (27%), blueberries (4 times), other berries, and even oranges! Exports of fresh plums from Georgia increased more than 13 times in a year to a record 2,800 tons!
This year, Georgia also had a high harvest of both apples and peaches. Both of these products are of great export value to Georgia and thousands of farmers are involved in their production