Georgia: super-intensive almond orchard harvested in its second year after planting

Georgia: super-intensive almond orchard harvested in its second year after planting


A super-intensive six-grade almond orchard on an area of ​​6 hectares was planted by the Israeli company “Bar Lev Group” in 2018

An unexpectedly large harvest of almonds was gathered in the village of Lemshveniera of the Gardabani municipality (Kvemo-Kartli), Novosti-Georgia reports, citing information from the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia.

The 6-hectare superintensive six-grade almond orchard was planted by the Israeli company Bar Lev Group in 2018 with the support of the State Plant the Future program.

The department notes that usually in the second year after planting, the almond orchard bears only signal fruits. However, in the garden planted using modern technologies, the exception was the Spanish almond variety Avihos (weak almonds grafted onto the rootstock of a plum), which began to bear fruit abundantly in the second year after planting.

As the founder of the Israeli company, Aaron Gagulashvii, noted, for him as an investor, the state’s complicity in growing an almond orchard was a significant help and encouragement.

“Georgia has all the conditions for the development of almond culture. I think Georgia will become a major exporter of this crop in the world market, ”Gagulashvili said.

In Georgia, where hazelnuts are successfully grown and exported, the prospect of growing almonds is being seriously discussed; the price of this nut crop on the international market is growing every year.

The head of the Ministry of Agriculture Levan Davitashvili also watched the harvesting process in Gardabani. According to him, within the framework of the “Plant the Future” project, modern gardens were planted throughout the country on an area of ​​10 thousand hectares, the cost of which reaches $ 100 million.

“This is the added value we have created in agriculture. It is important that these gardens will allow us to produce more export products every subsequent year, which will bring tens of millions of dollars to our country. This is the result of our correct work, ”Davitashvili said.

See also: Kakhetian hazelnut producers do not change Georgian varieties of nuts

The “Plant the Future” program began in March 2015 and is part of the state program “Preferential agricultural credit”, which involves government funding for the purchase of seedlings by farmers to renovate and lay out orchards.

To reduce the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to receive a grant from the state in the amount of up to 30 thousand lari ($ 10 thousand). The government announced that for this purpose it will allocate an amount of 50 million lari (about $ 16.6 million).

The state will fully cover the interest on loans issued under the Agrocredit project to 5 thousand beneficiaries for working with annual crops. The authorities will fully finance the six-month interest rate on the loans, and the farmers can repay the principal after the harvest is sold.

Within the framework of the “concessional agricultural loan”, the percentage of co-financing will grow to 11% (instead of 8%). The percentage of co-financing for leasing is also increasing (12% instead of 9%). Within the framework of the program, the total volume of loans issued to farmers in 2020 will amount to 25 million lari.


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