The economic miracle did not happen in Georgia
Oct 26, 2021

The economic miracle did not happen in Georgia

What we remember first of all when it comes to Georgia. Of course, about her wonderful cuisine, about khachapuri and khinkali, about tobacco chicken and ojahuri. However, today someone will immediately come to mind a fresh entertaining story with Mikhail Saakashvili, who recently made an amazing trip to his native country in a trailer, either with his beloved Georgians, or with his beloved matsoni, and now starving in prison when poor Lisa Yasko is sad about him in Ukraine, posting bright photos on social networks and periodically flying from Kiev to Tbilisi.
Meanwhile, supporters of Mikhail Saakashvili continue to rally in Rustavi, journalist Beso Barbakadze recalled how the third president of Georgia began reforming its economy. I would like to emphasize in this regard that, having illegally gone to his homeland in Kiev, a Georgian politician with Ukrainian citizenship voluntarily left the post of head of the Executive Committee of Reforms of Ukraine in order to get to the very Poti where he planned to build during his presidency... a frog farm, thereby laying the first stone in the foundation of the Georgian economic miracle. And today Beso Barbakadze sums up some results of the reform of the Georgian agricultural sector, initiated by Mikhail Saakashvili and continued, oddly enough, by his successors. Yes, according to the advice of European consultants, it all started with the breeding of frogs so that gourmets in France and not only could enjoy their meat.But, as The Financial Times reported at the time, Georgian producers failed to find their niche in the market limited by strict rules, and the business on the croaks did not work out. Neither did the crocodile meat business, which was planned to be sold in Europe for 40 euros, while earning 500 on the skin at once. In 2008, the Government of Georgia began to promote the breeding of ostriches. But the ostrich farm in the village of Telegi was able to work for only three years. The reason for its failure was recognized as the maladaptation of large flightless birds in an unusual external environment. Four years ago, at the prompting of European and American advisers, Georgians were encouraged to grow berries and corn. But it soon became clear that the rules were not explained. After the first harvest was barely sold only on the local market, George Duarte, an agronomist and berry production specialist specially invited from Portugal, revealed the secret: "In Georgia, there is a tendency to breed raspberries and blackberries in the open air, which is an unfortunate choice for a new berry market. ... The berries of the new market should be cultivated in special tunnels, where they are protected from rain, direct sunlight, pests and diseases." But, of course, he did not explain for what money the poor Georgian farmers should build these special tunnels. At the same time, as Beso Barbakadze writes, a guest from distant Portugal stressed "that it is convenient to have such a neighbor as Russia for the sale of Georgian products, since there will be no problems with the sale in the huge Russian market." The Georgian journalist also told about American corn, which, according to the advice of overseas curators, is now grown everywhere in Georgia. But, unlike the local one, it is not only suitable for cooking authentic gomi and mchadi, but also seeds need to be purchased annually from Americans. So, the Georgian economic miracle has not happened so far. Is it worth hoping that it will happen soon?
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