15.May .2022 13:00

Asparagus season in Georgia: review of prices and exports

Asparagus season in Georgia: review of prices and exports
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The asparagus season in Georgia is in full swing, and only now prices have stabilized. The season started in mid-April with unusually high prices. According to local growers, the weather was harsh this spring, as it was last season, so supply was weak at the start of the season and prices were higher.

Archil Botchoidze, an asparagus grower from the Kvemo Kartli region, says his farm suffered from April frosts, so the harvest will not be as good as he expected. The weather is a problem for wild asparagus, which is also harvested by locals in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region.

“Even now, in May, the night temperature in the region is below zero affecting the vegetative process of plants, including asparagus,” said Toki Agro Products spokesman Tornike Mzhavanadze.

According to EastFruit, asparagus was sold in mid-April at the wholesale market at 20-25 GEL/kg ($6.6-8.25), and in supermarkets at 35-45 GEL/kg ($11.6-14.9). Now prices in supermarkets have fallen to 18-28 GEL/kg ($5.9-9.2).

Most supermarkets sell unbranded asparagus, although Planta has started selling branded asparagus this season. The price for a package of 250 gr is 6.4 GEL ($2.1).

There were noticeable changes in the exports of asparagus in April. In the past few seasons, exports started in May, and Russia was the main sales market. Exports in 2022 started in April, and the UAE and Kuwait, and not Russia, became the main markets. In April, Georgia exported only 1.7 tonnes, but exports will increase sharply in May. For example, in the 2021 season, Georgia exported asparagus only in May – 13 tons. Whether Russia will remain the main importer this season or not is still unknown.

Source: East-Fruit