Georgian peasants and farmers are demanding from the government taking measures to protect the market from cheap Turkish products and increasing customs duties on it.
The reason for raising this question is Russia’s sanctions against Turkey which decreased the cost of Turkish products by almost 40%.
According to the head of the Turkish Union of Agricultural Chambers, a total of 160 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables have been turned back from Russia since Nov. 24. In his words, this amount is very small, but Russia’s announcements to stop the imports have created a panic mood, pushing down the prices by 40 percent across Turkey.
Deputy Agriculture Minister Levan Davitashvili told CBW that the decline in the value of Turkish imports can really have an impact on the Georgian agricultural products.
Georgian farmers also expect negative consequences. In their view, the Russian embargo on Turkish products can have more influence on Georgia than it might seem at first glance.
“Cheap imports will necessarily come to Georgia, and local products will not be able to compete with them because of high cost, as a result the Georgian farmers will have to sell their goods at a price below the cost, or not to sell at all. The government ‘s adequate actions is the only way out . The government should introduce duties that will make imports of Turkish products in Georgia unprofitable. It will protect local producers from bankruptcy,” they believe.
Georgian farmers explain non- competitiveness of Georgian products by a different level of technology in Turkey.