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Alexander Rudakov on prospects of greenhouse industry development in the Far East

The Vedomosti newspaper website has posted an article devoted to the prospects of greenhouse business in the Far East, a region where this agricultural sector has been so far practically undeveloped.

The majority of vegetable consumption here falls on Chinese products. Not to mention the questionable quality of the supplies from China, the local population has to spend 30-40 percent more on those than the residents of the Central regions of Russia. In other words, the East of our country is constantly suffering from a catastrophic lack of quality and useful products originating from Russia.

As one of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, supplies from China to the Khabarovsk Krai and other regions of the Far East decreased dramatically, resulting in a catastrophic deficit of vegetables and an unprecedented increase in prices for them. Nowadays, providing the population with food is no longer just a matter of commerce but also a strategic task for the domestic agricultural industry. Here, the prices for greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers are the highest in our country.

Alexander Rudakov, the President of ECO-Culture agricultural holding, believes that Chinese vegetables grown with the use of pesticides and other chemicals should be fully forced out of the domestic market. The company is already supplying the Far East with vegetables produced in the central regions of Russia.

Certainly, the construction of local greenhouse complexes in the eastern part of the country would cut down on transportation expenses and significantly reduce the first cost for the goods. At the same time, however, the construction of large-scale complexes in this region is rather problematic. While the number of sunny days is quite sufficient here, the electricity tariffs are twice as high as the national average. Only the largest players in the greenhouse industry, who are able not only to launch but also to successfully complete the construction and supply the facility with their own energy resources, can manage to organize cost-effective production.

For the full text of the article, please visit the Vedomosti website.