Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili declared that Georgia’s 8-month fruit export amounted to 221 million lari in, while export of wine – to 229 million lari. For the whole 2012, fruits of 71 million lari and wine of 73 million lari were exported, the Premier pointed. As press service of the Premier reported, Garibashvili declared that “there really appeared a motivation, new vineyards were planted on 4,000 ha, hazelnuts of 170 million lari are sold in Samegrelo and we are expecting that sales of additional 30-40 million lari will be”.
There are constant speculations, blaming the government of doing nothing, while population is still in poverty, the Prime Minister declared and added: “When we have 2 million of poors, no government is able to change their lives radically in 2 years, but everything is being done consecutively to solve the problems”.
“We have real results in 2 years, at least the fact that we have opened 74 new enterprises”, Garibashvili pointed. The Prime Minister also said that “state commission for regional development will be established soon, which will present vision of regional development to public”. To note, according to Sakstat’s data for January-August, Georgia’s export of citruses amounted to $3.87 million, of peach, apricot, cherry and plum – to $2.84 million, apple, pear and quince – $641,600, other fruits – $871,000 (i.e. fruit export of the country has totaled to about 14.4 million lari). Sakstat’s data for wine export also differ: natural grape wines – $113.33 million, while vermouth and other wines – $1 million (i.e. about 200 million lari in total).