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29/10/2014

Georgian farmers earn $170m from 2014 grape harvest

Georgian grapegrowers are enjoying the benefits of a bumper harvest after earning GEL$170 million (A$109m) by selling 120,000 tons of grapes this year.

The 2014 grape picking season has ended in all of Georgia’s wine producing regions including Kakheti in the east and Imereti and Racha in the west, according to the country's national wine body.

A coordination centre for grape vintage under the supervision of the government "Rtveli 2014" was established in wine producing regions and worked as a 24/7 service.

Furthermore, 10 private wine plants purchased grapes from farmers in Racha and 30 plants from Kakheti.

"With the support of the government, the sales of grapes have been promoted," said a spokesperson for the National Wine Agency.

"Wine producing companies still continue the purchasing of grapes. Consequently, no farmers have experienced problems related to sales."

The Georgian government didn't feel the need to allocate a state subsidy to winemakers in Racha as it believed demand for grapes would be high.

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