Blueberry Blueberry Producers Council established in Georgia


Blueberry Blueberry Producers Council established in Georgia

06/18/2020

One of the main goals of creating this association is to promote the development of the industrial chain in the sector.

Large Georgian producers of blueberries: Blue Valley LLC, Blueberry LLC, Agrolane LLC, FCO LLC, as well as Agritouch, the owner of a refrigeration farm for storing and freezing berries, announced the creation of the Blueberry Council of Georgia.

As EastFruit told the president of the Council of Blueberry Producers, the founder of Agritouch, Ekaterina Vepkhvadze, one of the main goals of creating this association is to promote the development of the industrial chain in the blueberry sector.

“The global demand for blueberries is growing dynamically, and if everything develops correctly, the blueberry industry can become a source of income for many entrepreneurs and play an important role in the Georgian economy. That is why it is necessary to promptly introduce new knowledge and best practices into the sector, which the association will do. The members of the “Council of Blueberry Producers” can be both large and small farmers, all other participants or even potential participants in the industry. We will organize trainings and conferences, invite leading experts, both local and foreign. We also hope that participation in the association will facilitate the production of high-quality products by small farmers and, accordingly, their sale. I want to emphasize that members of the association will have the right to enjoy all its intellectual and material benefits, ”said Ekaterina Vepkhvadze.

According to the president of the “Council of Blueberry Producers”, the association will also protect the interests of producers and popularize Georgian blueberries – both in the country and abroad.

Currently, there is an active blueberry season in Georgia. It is expected that only in the Guria region, the main supplier of this berry to the market, the blueberry crop will be about 250 tons.

According to the National Statistics Service of Georgia, the export of blueberries and other berries of the Vaccinium genus over the past 5 years in monetary terms amounted to: $ 214.9 thousand in 2015, $ 474.8 in 2016, $ 477.1 thousand in 2017, 2018 – $ 445.5 thousand, in 2019 – $ 984.7 thousand

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