“Georgia is set to partially replace Russian grain with Kazakh one,”- Levan Silagava, head of Georgian Wheat and Flour Production Association, says.
This step was caused by Russia’s increase in the size of its grain export quota which may create grain deficit in Georgia. Given all this, it was decided to start importing from Kazakhstan - this will not completely replace Russian grain, but still will reduce dependence on it.
“The country is also imposing export duties as part of efforts to curb prices. The duty on wheat exports within the quota will be 25 euros per ton as of February 15 and will go up to 50 euros as of March 1. Russia is one of the world's largest producers and exporters of grain that has led to an increase in grain prices. We can partially compensate the reduction in imports from Russia at the expense of Kazakhstan; we also consider the possible purchases in Ukraine and Romania. We cannot completely stop importing Russian grain as Kazakhstan has less export potential. Accordingly, the substitution of Russian grain will be only partially,” he notes.
In Silagava’s words, Georgia has a 2-month supply of grain and nothing threatens the country’s food security.