A new article dedicated to the construction of a greenhouse complex in Uzbekistan was posted on the website of Agroinvestor magazine. Right now, the first phase of the project on 12.8 hectares and a production capacity of 6,000 tons (annually) has been launched and is scheduled to be commissioned in July 2021. Once the construction is completed, the total area of the plant will amount to 150 hectares. The complex is expected to become the largest indoor production facility in Central Asia. Apart from greenhouses, there is also a distribution center with an area of 10 thousand square meters to be built here. The initial volume of investments in the project totaled 2 billion rubles.
Having the new complex built in a region with a favorable climate will allow the company not only to significantly increase its productivity but also to enter new markets. The greenhouses are intended to supply vegetables to Russia and the local market, as well as other countries all around Asia and the Persian Gulf.
Citing the press office of the agricultural holding, the magazine reports a total completion of the works is planned for 2024. By that time, the capacity of the complex will be 80,000 tons of tomatoes per year. According to Alexander Rudakov, the President of ECO-Culture, a warm climate, as well as a favorable geographical location of the object and the long daylight hours will allow the company to use film-type greenhouses and thereby significantly reduce construction and production costs. The quality of production, meanwhile, will remain the same high as at the rest of the holding’s facilities.
The company’s representatives spoke to Agroinvestor about the possible difficulties they might encounter while implementing such a large-scale project. First of all, it is the lack of existing well-developed infrastructure and the shortage of qualified personnel (technical specialists and professional agronomists). On the other hand, they expect no problems to arise regarding the attraction of the main production personnel in Uzbekistan – people here are known for their industriousness and appreciation of their work. Nevertheless, there will be a need for additional training anyway.
The holding’s representatives believe that there is still plenty of good land in the country, but there are no roads to reach it, just like there are no other communications. Besides, these regions lack sufficient machinery, tools, and equipment. All these issues are to be solved on the spot by the company’s own efforts. Nonetheless, the calculations have already been made, with all the expenses surely bound to be paid off in the long run.
The issue of exporting products to third countries is not that simple either. The holding will have to face harsh competition in the face of Turkey, Azerbaijan, and local producers. It is the company’s intention to occupy the premium tomato niche and supply the foreign market with products that will be able to impress consumers, such as cocktail tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and sweet pink varieties. In addition, ECO-Culture’s main focus in this field is still quality. Therefore, the holding’s tomatoes are superior to its competitors in organoleptic properties, composition, and other indicators. The quality requirements in the Persian Gulf countries are very high, which should give the company’s products a head start.
For the full text of the article, please visit Agroinvestor magazine’s website.