On December 26, 2019, ECO-Culture agricultural holding and Gavrish Company signed a contract on construction of a breeding center in Krymsk (Krasnodar Krai).
According to the long-term strategic agreement, both partners will participate in breeding of the new hybrids of tomatoes and cucumbers intended for indoor cultivation. The project is aimed at providing domestic greenhouse enterprises with seed material produced in Russia. The project plans include effective competition with foreign producers in the international market. And for this, Russian breeders seem to have all the necessary resources.
Brand-new seed greenhouses and a modern breeding center in the Krasnodar Krai will be built to create the best disease-resistant and tasteful vegetable hybrids. The amount of investment for the first stage of the project will make about 5 billion roubles.
Gavrish is the leader in domestic selection, operating 5 breeding centers and having been producing seeds since 1993. This company’s experience and practices will allow the joint project to return the funds invested in 7 years. Gavrish agricultural plant has its own research center mainly focused on large-scale research in the sphere of vegetable production. 30 scientific employees are working in the company, many of whom are world-famous researchers with huge experience.
The production facilities and other resources provided by ECO-culture will enable the partners to establish uninterrupted production of high-quality and competitive domestic seed products.
Alexander Rudakov, the President of ECO-Culture holding, believes that now is the time for Russian vegetable producers to switch to domestic suppliers. Today, the majority of the largest agricultural companies in Russia are entirely dependent on foreign seed producers, so increasing the cost of production will inevitably lead to a rise in prices for vegetables in Russia. In-house produced hybrids are expected to make Russian agricultural enterprises independent from foreign contractors. Meanwhile, full-cycle production will make greenhouse vegetables more affordable for consumers. Besides, those will be 100 percent healthy and tasty products grown in ecologically clean conditions.