Tens of millions of the laris have
been recently poured in Georgian
agriculture both from the state budget and by international donors . However,
despite this, the country's agricultural sector doesn’t develop and the country
consumes mainly imported food products.
According to the
Ministry of Agriculture, in 7 years the country imported food worth $ 8.5
billion and the average import of agricultural products amounts to $ 1.2
All this money is spent on the salaries of farmers and food industry
personnel abroad, for this a huge amount
of currency is spent that hits the national currency.
In the same period, food
exports from Georgia amounted to $ 5.1 billion.
to Director of the International School of Economics Irakli Kochlamazashvili,
one of the reasons for this is the lack of modern technologies in the country's
are a lot of people employed in Georgian agriculture - officially 40% of the
total number of employed persons. But their labor is extremely inefficient -
they produce no more than 7-8% of the
total GDP due to systemic problems that cannot be solved with one-time
financial injections. This can be explained by the lack of knowledge, modern
skills and technology, ” Kochlamazashvili notes.
The expert believes the country needs long-term projects to
“The country should have highly
productive agriculture which will employ
no more than 5-10% of the total employed population,” he says.