powder is included in the list of 9 products to be subsidized by the state that
caused a protest from the natural milk producers.
to the head of the Caesar dairy company Caesar Kakhadze, milk powder is 100%
imported that means that the Georgian government helps foreign producers
survive while local producers of natural milk cannot sell their product.
government can support local farmers that can boost both the growth of local production and the
quality of dairy products. Subsidizing milk
powder is government money thrown into the air, ” he says.
Georgian Cheese Association also opposes the government’s initiative. According
to its founder Anna Mikadze-Chikvaidze, products made from dried milk significantly
exceed the amount of dairy products made from natural milk.
is not clear why milk powder was included in the list of 9 subsidized products,
especially when Georgian farmers are
forced to stop producing natural milk as they cannot sell it. At the moment local
producers need support as consumers prefer to buy products from natural milk, but
not powdered which are more expensive , ”- say at the Association.