Georgia has the resources to increase its wheat self-sufficiency to 50 percent, Georgian Agriculture Minister Otar Shamugia said on Wednesday, noting the state was ready to develop “stimulating projects” aimed at increasing wheat production in the country.
During a meeting between the Minister and farmers producing grain crops, the needs and challenges of the sector for ensuring the growth of crop production were discussed, and a decision was made to develop proposals and support mechanisms by relevant agencies of the Ministry to tackle the issue.
The farmers informed the Minister about the importance of an organised supply of highly productive seed material, accessibility to financial resources and relevant equipment for working capital, issues of land privatisation and lease, introduction of new sowing technologies, improvement of agricultural insurance and access to irrigation water and arrangement of windbreaks. Photo: Georgian Agriculture Ministry
Shamugia emphasised the importance of increasing the self-sufficiency of primary consumption products in the “shortest possible time“ and ensuring food security in the face of the crisis in the Black Sea region caused by the war in Ukraine.
The official said the Government had been focused on promoting local production import substitution throughout the years, noting it had resulted in a “significant increase” in the production of Georgian commodities, their sale in the local market, and export.
Earlier this week, Georgian Finance Minister Lasha Khutsishvili said Georgia had wheat resources enough to last over a month, and more could be imported if necessary for food security.
In 2021, Georgia purchased 367,000 tons of wheat worth $93.5 million, including 338,000 tons worth $87.4 million from Russia and 24.4 thousand tons worth $4.6 million from the United States.