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Tea plantations to be substituted by Bilberry gardens

By Messenger Staff
Thursday, September 1
Georgia is establishing a new priority in its agricultural development, instead of tea plantations, Georgia will be cultivating bilberry gardens. According to the Minister of Agriculture, increasing demand on bilberry products in Europe caused such a decision. As it appeared Georgia has a very suitable climate for this product. The first bilberry pilot gardens were planted in Guria and Samegrelo and first yield is expected in 2012, if the results are encouraging then the Government would be inviting more investors to the country. The Georgian government looks very skeptical at the revival of the tea producing industry in Georgia; it is costly, technically difficult and takes more time, therefore the Ministry of Agriculture is to cultivate bilberry gardens in the place of tea.