Kakheti – the best place for growing hazelnuts in Georgia


Kakheti – the best place for growing hazelnuts in Georgia

03/02/2020

After 5 years, when all plantations reach full capacity, Kakheti will produce up to 10,000 tons of hazelnuts per year.

According to Irakli Moistrapishvili, commercial adviser to the Georgian Hazelnut Producers Association, Kakheti, which is associated with the production of grapes, peaches and other perennial crops, is the best region for growing hazelnuts.

Traditionally, hazelnuts are grown in western Georgia in a region with a subtropical climate. But a few years ago, farmers began to plant hazelnuts, both local and Italian breeding in eastern Georgia.

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“What is important for any crop? This is a climate and proper care, ”explains Irakli.“ For hazelnuts, it is pruning, nutrition, pest protection, and the necessary irrigation in Eastern Georgia. ” In such conditions, the local Gavazura variety, which is very similar to Anakliuri in taste, produces 3 tons per hectare, which is comparable with the Italian Gifoni, which was also planted on large plantations in Kakheti. In contrast to Western Georgia, where household plots are gradually trying to enlarge, investors with the correct understanding of agribusiness came to Kakheti; they laid the commercial plantations of hazelnuts.

“Hazelnuts have significant advantages for the farmer, if you compare it with other perennial crops – it is less labor intensive, and the income per hectare last year amounted to 20 thousand lari ($ 7000), while demand is high and manufacturers have no problems with sales . In 5 years, when all plantations reach full production, Kakheti will produce up to 10,000 tons of hazelnuts per year. ”

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