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Georgian Nut Exports Nearly Halves – Bad Weather and Parasites Annihilate Harvest

Bad weather and parasites have annihilated filbert harvest this year, Aleksandre Motserelia, head of board of directors of Association of Filbert Processing Companies and Exporters, told Business Course.

Exports declined in the first quarter because of bad weather, he said.

Excessive humidity caused fungoid diseases and spread Halyomorpha halys. According to National Food Agency, in 2016 losses made up 63 million GEL. This year Government will launch a special program against the mentioned parasite and spend 13 million GEL on program implementation.

We remind you that Georgia’s filbert and nut exports have extremely declined. According to Geostat, national statistics service of Georgia, filbert and nuts exports totaled 3.554 in Georgia’s total exports, down from 7.5% year on year.

In the same period nuts and filberts exports constituted 17 million USD, down from 32 million USD.