what happened to georgia's economy after the fall of the soviet union?
Under communism, Georgian industry and agriculture supplied much of the Soviet Union. But the Soviet collapse brought catastrophe. In 1991, almost half a million Georgians worked in industry; by 2004, less than 100,000 did. [ Scrap metal from defunct industries became, and remains, one of the country's most important exports. The collapse of the country's agricultural sector (tea, meat, citrus,
fruit and agro-processing) was the most severe in the former Soviet Union. As a result, in 2004 Georgian GDP stood at a mere 45% of its 1989 level ]
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