On May 28, 2020, the online platform Zoom hosted a networking conference on the topic “Management of greenhouse complexes in the current economic realities and technological efficiency” as a business breakfast. The event lasted three hours and generated great interest among the industry specialists.
The business breakfast was initiated by the Seimartec Company, which is a professional organizer of all-Russian and international conferences operating in such economic spheres as mechanical engineering, energy, and agriculture. The partner of the event was Gavita company, a lighting equipment supplier.
The conference was attended by about 40 representatives of Russian greenhouse enterprises. They were officials holding managerial and executive positions at their companies – general and technical directors, chief agronomists and engineers, business owners. “ECO-culture” agricultural holding was represented by the Chief Engineer Alexey Lavrinenko.
The business breakfast was held in an open manner: at the very beginning of the meeting, the representative of the organizing company suggested the deliberative approach – the participants could ask questions to the speakers and participate in the discussion of topics raised in the reports.
Alexey Lavrinenko presented a report on “Improving energy efficiency in modern industrial greenhouse complexes”. During the discussion that followed the report, participants touched upon technical issues important for the entire greenhouse industry – for example, what is more profitable and promising for industrial enterprises: to use the energy resources provided by the unified federal power grid or to build their own power plants based on gas-driven installations. The representatives of greenhouse enterprises and suppliers of lighting equipment expressed their opinions on this issue.
Other reports were devoted to preferential crediting of large greenhouse facilities, the profitability of investments in the construction of new complexes, and pricing issues. In particular, they covered which types of tomatoes and cucumbers are most profitable for producers, and why chain retailers suffer fewer losses in the current economic situation than greenhouse enterprises themselves.
At the end of the conference that aroused great interest among all participants, the representatives of the organizing company proposed to hold a series of online events in the near future to discuss pressing issues of the greenhouse industry, because the problems that have accumulated in the difficult economic situation must be addressed immediately.