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.
As of November 28, gross harvest of greenhouse vegetables in Russia was 690,100 MT, which is 13.6% more than in the same period last year (to compare – in 2016 it was 607,100 MT) as it was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation.
450,200 MT of cucumbers were harvested (in 2016 – 409,400 MT) and 229,000 MT of tomatoes (in 2016 – 182,500 MT). The yield of other vegetable crops was 10,900 MT (in 2016 – 15,200 MT).
The leading regions in the production of greenhouse vegetables are Krasnodar region (82,000 MT), Stavropol region (61,000 MT), the Republic of Tatarstan (41,700 MT), the Republic of Bashkortostan (39,200 MT), and Lipetsk region (33,700 MT).
Russian greenhouse complexes continue to increase the gross harvest of vegetables, according to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation. The total yield of greenhouse vegetable as of November 29 amounted to 607,100 MT in the whole country, which is 31% more than the year before. In particular, the yield of cucumber increased by 23% and amounted to 409,400 MT. Total harvest of tomatoes amounted to 182,500 tons, which is 53% more than the same period last year.
The Ministry of Agriculture suggests postponing lifting the ban for Turkish tomatoes import until 2018-19 to protect Russian tomatoes production. After the ban, tomatoes production increased by 35%. Just to compare, in 2012 Russian tomatoes had the share of the market 17% and in 2016 it is expected to be 40%.
The Tyumen branch of one of Russia’s banks is funding the construction of the largest greenhouse complex for growing vegetables in the region. According to the press service of the Tyumen government, the project, initiated by the company Technology Hothouse Growth LLC, will make use of the latest high-tech Dutch greenhouse technology. The first stage is scheduled for September 2014 and it will enable Tyumen to increase the volumes and quality of its greenhouse production.
The complex will be located 38 kilometres from Tyumen, in the village of Narimanovo, and has an area of 11 hectares, of which 7.5 hectares will be devoted to cucumbers, 2.5 hectares for tomatoes and 1 hectare for lettuce and seedlings. The project budget is of more than 2.2 billion Roubles, of which 1.9 billion will be loaned by banks.
“This ambitious project is very significant for the Tyumen region, as not only will it permit the uninterrupted supply of vegetables for the area, but will also create more than 180 jobs,” said the director of the Tyumen regional branch of the bank funding the project, Dmitry Pushkarev.
Russia’s greenhouse vegetable cultivation industry in 2013 is on the rise. The greenhouse vegetable production has increased by 6.7% in 2013 as compared with 2012. According to the Russian Federation National Bureau of Statistics, the total output growth rate is the highest in the region of Ural in 2013 with an increase of 28%.
Vegetable greenhouses in the Volga Federal District have maintained a leading position in vegetable production in 2013. With a production output of 184,000 tons, they produce tomatoes, cucumbers and green vegetables.
Analysts in the Russian Central Federal District indicated that the greenhouse market situation is developing and consumer demands are increasing. More investors are investing in the vegetable greenhouses in the south of Russia. They estimate that in the next three years, the industrial greenhouses and vegetable production southern Russia will be significantly improve and develop.
Currently most of the fresh vegetables in Russia have been imported from abroad. High demand for fresh fruits and vegetable normally come from the capital city of Moscow during the low season.
In Russia’s Far East region “Dalnevostochnoye” a new 18 ha greenhouse has been built with the support of the local government. The greenhouse is not completely new, it is an existing structure that has been reconstructed for 5.54 million Euro. Half of the cost of the revamp was government support, the other half was paid with money from the bank.
The new greenhouse will cultivate vegetables that are popular with locals: leafy greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, several varieties of lettuce, including exotic (Swiss) chard and salad rocket, parsley, basil, dill and others.
The director of the complex also announced that they will try to grow something unusual for the region, such as pineapples. “The technologies we use will allow us to grow anything because we have all the tools to create any climate we desire.”
Russians are demanding more greenhouse vegetables and therefore more and more greenhouses are constructed in the country. What’s remarkable is that the country’s import of greenhouse vegetables does not decreases due to this.
According to “APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits”, the volume of imports of greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers into Russia grew by 8% and reached 1 million tons ($130 million in value) in 2012/13. At the same time, according to the Federal State Statistics Service, the total amount of greenhouse vegetable production in Russia was still only 600 thousand tons in 2012. This number is increasing fast, but is still clearly insufficient to meet domestic demand for these products.