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As vintage is in active phase in Kakheti, approximately 60 000 tons of grapes have been processed. Pursuant to the decision of the government of Georgia, this year, similar to previous year in order to support vine-growing and wine-making, white grape as well as red grape was subsidized. Based on the analysis of market demand and supply, the subsidy per 1 kg of rkatsiteli is 0,35 GEL, while per 1 kg of saperavi it is 0,35 GEL.
According to the prime minister, properly planned and implemented projects by the Ministry of Agriculture and National wine agency in 2013-2014 became the reason for the successful vintage. Irakli Garibashvili noted that the state company buys the damaged grapes from drought and hail, which is very significant for farmers.
‘'The previous government forced farmers to cut vine, and population had to sell grapes at a very low price. This year, each family received a significant income as a result of grapes sale. In some cases the income reached 100-200 thousand GEL. It represents the result of our state approach and promotes the region to develop,''- Irakli Garibashvili stated.