‘Laurus’ to Produce and Export 200 tons of Bay Leaves

SENAKI, Western Georgia - Refinery enterprise Laurus, located in Senaki, western Georgia, plans to produce 200 tons of bay leaves and export them to the international market.

According to founder of the enterprise, Zaza Jalaghonia, the bay leaf is one of the most in-demand products in the international market and the company’s future goal is to produce a high-quality product and expand processing to 200 tons of bay leaves which will be exported to the Russian Federation.

Laurus was founded in October, 2014, financed with preferential Agro-credit by the government. According to the Minister of Agriculture, Otar Danelia, it is one of the most successful enterprises in bay leaf production in Georgia.

“The new enterprise provides a full cycle of bay leaf processing,” Minister Danelia stated. “The implemented investment is USD 250,000, from which USD 150,000 is preferential Agro-credit through a government supported fund. More than 100 people are employed in the enterprise. A number of other similar enterprises are expected to open in western Georgia.”

According to Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Governor, Levan Shonia, opening new enterprises will support the employment opportunities for locals in the regions.

The Projects Management Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture began financing new enterprises and expanding existing ones in 2013. According to the Agency, more than 600 operating enterprises have been funded, 147 new enterprises have been created and about 10 thousand people have been employed through the project so far.

Ana Akhalaia

15 February 2016 19:30