Gia Ghachava, owner of Georgia’s only persimmon drying plant, plans to enlarge business and launch production of new products in 2017.
Namely, in 2017 the businessman plans to produce Pelamushi (mixture of grapes juice and flour) of Wild Plumb Juice and Churchkhela (mixture of grapes juice and nuts) of Dried Persimmon.
Gia Ghachava told the Business Contract that currently, the company has about 30 tons of persimmon and the picking process still continues. The businessman plans to expand production to 1000 tons.
“There is much resource of persimmon in Georgia, but this is an only plant in the country. Dried persimmon will have no value without developing similar enterprises, while there is much demand, especially on tourism season. However, there is shortage of persimmon after May. Therefore, many similar enterprises should be developed in this direction”, Ghachava said.
The plant opened in village Gordi, Khoni municipality, in 2015. The company has purchased 30 tons of persimmon to produce 6 tons of dried persimmon. The price of one kilogram is 1.50-2 GEL.
The project value is about 160-180 000 GEL, including 60 000 was drawn as part of preferential agro credit project. The company employs 20-30 persons, Gia Chachava said.