Russia’s self-sufficiency in greenhouse vegetable production exceeded 53% last year, but it will be necessary to build another 1.5 thousand hectares of greenhouses in order to completely cover Russia’s domestic needs.
In 2017, agricultural producers received 118 billion rubles in preferential loans. This is 25% of the total volume of concessional loans. Such support will make it possible to build 50 greenhouse complexes with a total area of 650 hectares, which will increase the annual vegetable production by 500 thousand MT.
The Minister of Agriculture pointed out that the state support for vegetable growers also includes compensating investors for 20% of the costs incurred.
“Over the past 3 years, we have given support to 56 investment projects with a total of more than 400 hectares of greenhouses. All this should facilitate the task of replacing imported greenhouse vegetables with Russian product within the next 3-4 years,” said A. Tkachev.
Every year, the greenhouse complex in the Moscow region which the minister visited grows 27 thousand MT of tomatoes, 15 thousand MT of cucumbers and 1 thousand MT of sweet peppers. The cutting-edge technologies used in the complex allow it to compete successfully with imports, supplying fresh and quality products to Russian stores.