Sugar products

Until recently the country relied solely on imported sugar, but local production was launched in 2006 and by 2009 had fully satisfied local demand and was catering to neighbouring countries.

  • Domestic production still depends on imported raw material, but there is a gradual transition to the processing of sugar beet grown in the country.
  • In 2013, the figure for sugar and confectionery exports stood at around 260,000 tonnes, with Georgia, Ukraine, Iraq and Central Asia as the main destinations.
  • An increase in the acreage of sugar beet fields to 20 thousand hectares has been outlined in the State Program on Food Security for 2008-2015.

Sugar and sugar products

2010

2011

2012

2013

Production (tonnes)

341 104

363 958

362 241

427 843

Import (tonnes)

91 975

68 898

70 380

71 289

Export (tonnes)

211 848

233 622

224 018

256 312

Source: State Statistics Committee