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The republic of Georgia is reducing dependence on potato imports, as this year local farmers harvested enough to meet the needs of the local market.

Furthermore, Georgia has also increased the export of potatoes, giving more financial benefits to farmers.
“This year we reached about 250,000 tons of potato production and we can say that the demands of the Georgian population are fully satisfied with production. Thus we reduced dependence on import as the country has 100% self-sufficiency,” said Georgia’s Agriculture Minister, Levan Davitashvili, who visited Georgia's southern town of Akhalkalaki, well-known for potato cultivar, according to the local press.

The Minister said that this year Georgia is enjoying a plentiful, high-quality potato harvest which is a result of favorable weather and land as well as the efforts made by the Ministry to boost the harvest. Thanks to the quality, Georgia has increased export of this agricultural product, which means that potato has become an interesting export culture in Georgia,” said Davitashvili.

About 35,000 tons of potatoes have already been exported and this number will increase by the end of this year. By selling potatoes abroad farmers’ income exceeded over USD5m. We also see that there is demand on high quality potato on the local market and the prices are also higher. This creates additional motivation for the farmers,” he added.  

Photo caption: Georgia’s Agriculture Minister Levan Davitashvili visited Georgia's southern town of Akhalkalaki today and met local farmers. 
Photo source: agenda.ge 

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