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Street scene in Zerti village
Street scene in Zerti village. Photo: ESI

Over 50% of Georgia's population lives in rural areas, most being self-employed in agriculture.

Georgia used to be known for its wines, tea and citrus fruit. Until 1989, Georgia supplied all of the Soviet Union with tea. Tea leaf production decreased, however, from 581,000 tons in 1985 to 7,500 tons in 2007 (Agricultural Statistics 2007), of which almost half (3.600 ton) is produced in the Guria region. Most of the former tea-fields have now turned into deserted pasture grounds.

According to agricultural statistics for 2007, citrus production

October 2008

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