At the end of last year, the EU completed all formal procedures to enable Georgia to export honey to the EU. However, non-existing laboratories and no education for beekeepers make it harder to export Georgian honey to Europe.
The head of Beekeepers’ guild of Georgia and company Brat, Giorgi Kepashvili declared that no laboratories are the biggest obstacle for them.
“Georgian laboratory can’t provide a good supervision of honey and hence, we can’t export it to the EU”- declared Kepashvili.
“We don’t have enough money to send samples abroad and pay 5000 euros for a complete research of the sample. Laboratory is functional, but I doubt that their work is satisfactory” – noted Kepashvili.
One of the problematic issues is the price for honey. In Georgia, the average price for the product is 15 GEL, whereas, it costs 4,5 euros in Europe.