Most of the refrigerated farmer complain about high utility bills.
According to Sakstat, 16.1% of owners of active refrigerated farms regard that exactly high utility bills affect the competitiveness. Other factors include lack of relevant equipment / technology, weak access to financial resources, the state tax rate, staff qualification and low demand for services.
It is noteworthy that 58 refrigerated farms have been operating in Georgia in 2016, most of them in Shida Kartli (43.1%) and Tbilisi (20.7%). The average annual employment in the sector was 1279.
It should be noted, that 83.3% of the local (own) products sold by refrigerator farms accounts for poultry; 40.3% on the imported fruit and vegetables, 32.4% – meat and meat products (half-fabricated foods). However, 10.7% of the products sold by refrigerator farms was sold on the foreign market, which significant portion had been fruit and vegetables (95.5%).