Construction on the first fifth-generation greenhouse complex will soon be carried out by the “Agricomplex Volzhskiy” enterprise. Realisation of the project was inspected today by Vasily Ivanov, Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Agricultural Committee of the Volgograd Region.
The first stage of greenhouse construction for the agricomplex concluded already in 2015, bringing a total of 13.1 hectares of fourth-generation greenhouses into usage. In 2016, construction began on a second stage of ultramodern greenhouses on 10.4 hectares. According to the press service of the regional administration, today half of the planned volume is in use.
Contemporary greenhouse cultivation technologies offer the opportunity to receive 75 kilogrammes of tomato harvests per square meter per year – exceeding indicators for traditional greenhouse complexes by 15-20%. Their output also satisfies high quality indicators for taste. The investor plans to launch the remaining half in the near future. All necessary materials and equipment have been prepared.
“Today, out of a total of 180 hectares of greenhouse complexes currently under construction in Russia, only 20 hectares can be classified as fifth-generation, with the most up-to-date equipment and climate control systems. A powerful supplementary lighting system is used in production, along with widely-used biological methods of pollination and production safety controls” the regional administration noted.
Over the last four years, 39 hectares of high-tech greenhouses have been built in the Volgograd region, and the total area available for greenhouse vegetable cultivation has increased from 35 to more than 86 hectares. Production volume has grown to 50 000 tonnes per year. And development of greenhouse vegetable cultivation continues to grow in significant part due to government support in the form of subsidised lending.
According to Vasily Ivanov, vegetable cultivation is a priority development area for the region’s agricultural industry. Thanks to a clear development programme, investment projects are being actively implemented, with new technologies integrated at a fundamental level. Strong traditions have been established in greenhouse vegetable production, product demand has formed, and logistics have been built. “The governor has asked us to further increase production volume for import-substitution products, both in the Volgograd region and elsewhere in our country” the Deputy Governor noted.