Strawberries are commonly known as an easy crop to grow, but a difficult crop to grow well. In subtropical climates such as Georgia’s they only bear fruit during the summer months. Modern greenhouses with consistent temperature control are the international gold standard for growing strawberries and this approach is crucial to growing the sweetest berries.
Georgia remains largely dependent on foreign food imports, estimated at 70% of its total consumption, due in part to a lack of investment in the sector. Yet when given the opportunity, Georgian farmers have shown a keen interest in adopting innovation. With the help of the Green for Growth Fund (GGF), a small farming business in the heart of Georgia is harnessing the power of automation to grow strawberries with higher efficiency and better yields.