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5 вересня 2023 р.

Georgia meets hazelnut growers of Ukraine - Part 1

The visit of a delegation of Ukrainian hazelnut growers to Georgia, organized by the ITS project in Ukraine with the aim of studying the best Georgian practices of hazelnut cultivation, its post-harvest processing, processing and storage, has begun.

Зугдіді, Грузія

The visit of a delegation of Ukrainian hazelnut growers to Georgia, organized by the ITS project in Ukraine with the aim of studying the best Georgian practices of hazelnut cultivation, its post-harvest processing, processing and storage, has begun.

The Ukrainian delegation included managers and specialists of famous hazelnut orchards of Ukraine, such as agricultural holding "GALS AGRO", "FILBERT" (Odesa region), LLC "Continent" (corporation "Agroprom Zakarpattia, Zakarpattia region"), LLC "Khmelnytska Universal Company" (Khmelnytska region), LLC "GORIH POLISSYA" (Zhytomyr region), FG "NATS'EN'GARDEN" (Kyiv region), specialists of the Ukrainian Nut Association.

The program of the visit includes visits to industrial gardens, purchasing points and leading processing enterprises of Georgia, as well as meetings with representatives of the Georgian Hazelnut Processors and Exporters Association (HEPA), the Georgian Hazelnut Growers Association (GHGA), the Union of Georgian Hazelnut Farmers.




Georgia's hazelnut debut as one of the leading players in the world nut market has long been over.

And today, hazelnuts are one of the main export items of Georgia, which is among the five largest global exporters. And according to the official data of the world association INC (International Nut and Dried Fruit Council Foundation), on the basis of five-year exports, Georgia rose to the 4th city in the world export of hazelnuts (the first three places are steadily occupied by Turkey, the USA, and Italy).

The program of the first working day began with a visit to one of the large hazelnut enterprises - AgriGeorgia LLC.

AgriGeorgia, founded in 2007, is part of the Ferrero Group and currently owns 600 hectares of hazelnut orchards. But in addition to its own hazelnuts, AgriGeorgia purchases hazelnuts from local partner farmers. The company owns and manages a modern drying and cleaning plant for hazelnut processing. Specialists of AgriGeorgia LLC showed their own fifteen-year-old hazelnut orchards, told in detail about the processing technology of their processing, about the organization of harvesting and further processing, storage and export.


The next company visited by the Ukrainian delegation was Geo Nuts LLC. The founder of this enterprise, Jener Belkania, is a person known not only in Georgia, but far beyond its borders, with great pleasure showed his hazelnut orchards, which he has 200 hectares, and fondly showed his hazelnut processing plant.

Jener, or Jackie in common people, has been processing hazelnuts for more than fifteen years and has a huge professional experience combined with professional knowledge. "This is the second and more advanced hazelnut processing plant I've built," says Jackie.

The enterprise is quite small: during the year, the enterprise can process up to 700 - 1000 tons of hazelnuts and produce various types of products (roasted, chopped, ground).


The products are fully intended for export, the international food safety standard BRC Global Standard, ISO 22000 and others have been implemented at the enterprise.

The Ukrainian delegation was accompanied all day by the executive director of the Georgian Association of Hazelnut Processors and Exporters (HEPA) Levan Kardava, James Fitzpatrick, an international consultant of ITS, and Hanna Syrchyna, an ITS project specialist in Ukraine, who accompanied the Ukrainian delegation and provided additional explanations and consultations.

The first day of visiting Georgian enterprises was extremely saturated with the knowledge and experience that is needed today for the young hazelnut industry, which is dynamically developing in Ukraine.

 

President of the Ukrainian Nut Association G. Yudin

Georgia, Zugdidi.

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