A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for construction of the third and fourth phases of the “Solnechny Dar” complex, part of the EKO-Culture group of companies.
The first phase of the greenhouse complex, with total production area of 25.2 hectares, was first launched in 2017. Its first harvests have been completed, and new production is being set up. 12 700 tonnes of tomatoes and cucumbers have already been produced. This year, a second stage with production area of 32 hectares is being launched. As planned, the enterprise will reach full production capacity in 2021.
“We are very happy for our partners, and thank Rosselkhozbank for its help in realising the projects, with which we associate the future of the Stavropol territory and the fulfilment of tasks in agricultural development set out by the President of Russia. We need export-oriented production, and we need to create new jobs. For any territory, and especially for villages, it is an important condition for development. Almost 1000 new jobs will be created here” noted Governor Vladimir Vladimirov, who attended the ceremony.
“The collaboration of Rosselkhozbank and the EKO-Culture group of companies is now already more than five years old. During this time, seven greenhouse complexes have been launched, using contemporary technologies to support year-round cultivation of vegetables. Successful realisation of such major projects depends critically upon state support provided at the regional level. We have witnessed the considerable efforts that the leadership of the Stavropol Territory have made in support of the development of the region’s agro-industrial complex. And so the Bank intends to expand cooperation with the regional government, and to increase its support for projects intended to raise the standard of living in the countryside and the overall socio-economic development of the region” said Boris Listov, Chairman of the Board at Rosselkhozbank.
The total area occupied by the third- and fourth-stage greenhouses will be 58.7 hectares, facilitating production of an additional 35 000 tonnes of vegetable products per year. Project financing of 5.8 billion rubles was provided by Rosselkhozbank using government support mechanisms.
As discussed by the regional Governor’s press service, since 2013, the total area of greenhouse complexes in the Stavropol Territory has grown by nearly 4 times – from 50.2 hectares to 189 hectares of total closed cultivation area. Since the beginning of 2018, approximately 70 000 tonnes of vegetables have been produced in the region. The output consists of tomatoes, accounting for 74% of production, and cucumbers and salad greens at 26%.
Source: Site of Stavropol 1777.ru