In Moscow, the regular international investment forum “Greenhouse Complexes of Russia and CIS 2019” was held. At this prestigious professional platform, major players of the agro-industrial sector had an opportunity to exchange experience, discuss industry development strategies, and enter into mutually beneficial contracts. One of the forum’s main economic objectives is to attract investment in the country’s greenhouse industry.
During the event, an international exhibition of agricultural achievements in Russia and neighboring countries was organized. In particular, the ECO-Culture company won the “Acknowledged Brand” award.
The company representatives also were invited as experts at press conferences and discussions within the forum. In particular, Alexey Shemetov, the Vice President for Production, spoke about current achievements and prospects of ECO-Culture holding and the situation in the greenhouse industry in Russia as a whole.
According to Alexey Shemetov, greenhouse enterprises in our country are now experiencing an unprecedented rise. Already today, the vegetable market is facing a significant reduction in the number of imported products due to an increase in the share of domestic ones. The leading role in the greenhouse vegetable production sector is played by ECO-Culture company. The current capacities and potential opportunities of the holding not only allow to satisfy the domestic market but also to expand overseas. In the nearest future, ECO-Culture is going to export its products to the Gulf and the UAE countries – the main advantage here is ensured through the seasonal climate conditions in these areas.
Central Asia and Kazakhstan are also promising directions – in these regions, the agricultural holding is going to build large greenhouse complexes to provide the local market with tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and other vegetable crops during the wintertime. There is a very favorable investment climate in these countries – the authorities are interested in the development of greenhouse facilities and therefore are willing to give all the necessary support to the holding. In addition, agreements have been made with the largest retail chains in Uzbekistan for the uninterrupted supply of vegetable products to supermarkets. The export of vegetables is exactly the direction that the holding intends to follow in the near future.
In the course of the press conference, the Vice President for Production answered some questions from colleagues and journalists. In particular, he explained where it would be more profitable for ECO-Culture to develop its greenhouse projects – in Russia or in foreign countries. According to Alexey Shemetov, nowadays each country has its own advantages – therefore the geographical presence of the company is quite broad.
Background information. The Forum was held on December 4-5 in Moscow (Baltchug Kempinski Hotel) and supported by the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia. The event was attended by over 700 greenhouse managers, investors, executives, and agronomists, 100 acknowledged experts and 50 greenhouse project representatives.