The total volume of exported mandarin oranges from Georgia to Azerbaijan was 109.23 tonnes (USD 39.24 thousand) in 2020.
The annual volume of exported mandarin oranges from Georgia to Azerbaijan has reduced: in 2019, Georgia sold 218.64 tonnes of mandarin oranges ($93.45 thousand) in the neighboring country.
As the data by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture have it, Georgia exported a total of 35.4 tonnes of mandarin oranges ($17.3 million) from Aug 1, 2020, to Jan 17, 2021, with this implying that Georgia has increased the volume of exported mandarin oranges by 6.3 thousand tonnes (22%). The country's revenue from the exported citrus fruit has grown by $2.3 mln or 16%.
In 2020, Georgia mainly exported mandarins to Russia, Armenia, and Ukraine. Moldova, Turkey, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Slovenia, Lithuania, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, USA, and Germany also imported the citrus fruit from Georgia last year.
The orange vintage in Georgia is coming to an end. It started in the country on Nov 16. Farmers expect around 40 thousand tonnes of mandarin harvest, with it not being abundant in Georgia; however, the citrus fruit quality has improved in the country.
Around 7 thousand tonnes of nonstandard forms of the mandarin harvest is expected in 2021.
Government subsidies will apply to nonstandard forms of mandarin oranges this year as well. A total of GEL 500,000 was allocated from the 2020 budget for this purpose.
The price of the citrus fruit is projected at 80 to 1.20 tetris. As for early-ripening mandarins, their price is estimated to range from 1.50 tetris to GEL 2.
Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, which is why the demand for them is increasing amidst the global pandemic.