Due to unfavorable weather conditions and the rise in labor costs in Georgia, there are price hikes ahead for persimmons. For instance, Vasil Germanishvili, a spokesman for the Kakheti regional service of the Georgian Ministry of Environment and Agriculture, has stated the average persimmon harvest in Kakheti will be 20-30% lower due to damage caused by hail.
Hail was not the only problem for persimmons this season. Summer drought reduced fruit size. Although it is still early for the peak season, some farmers have already made deals or sold the first batches of persimmons. Now, due to rainy weather in the east and west of Georgia, the harvesting is being delayed. The mass harvest will begin in mid-October and last until mid-November. Farmers note colder autumn, which delays harvest but will not affect the quality of the fruit.
East-fruit.com reports that Georgian persimmon is traditionally exported to Russia, Ukraine and Armenia. Georgia exported 340 tons of persimmons in September, 62% of which were exported to Armenia.
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