In what seems like a drastic reversal of policy, Georgia on July 19 placed a ban on selling agricultural land to foreign nationals. The move puts to an end to earlier grand foreign investment plans such as bringing thousands of South African farmers to settle in the Georgian countryside.
The so-called invasion by South Africa’s Boers never really happened, but scores of Indians settling in Georgia’s wine country, Kakheti, prompted some local farmers to complain that they had been slighted by the government for foreigners. The foreign privatization of formally nobody’s lands that locals often use for pasture and growing crops led to tensions with the newcomers.
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