A recent article published in Agroinvestor magazine is devoted to the current state of the domestic agricultural sector on the example of ECO-Culture agricultural company. The President of the holding Alexander Rudakov told the reporters about the pressing problems in the industry and the possible ways to solve them.
The head of the country’s major player and investor in the field of indoor vegetable production says that the whole year of 2022 will bring more and more expenses for agricultural enterprises. And this problem is something that cannot be addressed without the government’s assistance.
Alexander Rudakov also notes that the global changes in the economy have made it more difficult to work in the agro-industrial sector. Nevertheless, the company manages to maintain uninterrupted production processes in all regions of its presence. Thus, the holding’s greenhouse complexes and distribution centers continue to operate steadily and with complete fulfillment of the pre-determined schedule. New batches of products are shipped to consumers every day. As planned, the planting of tomato seeds began in May as part of a new production cycle.
The President of the agricultural company claimed the overall jump in prices (for seeds, crop protection agents, equipment and consumables, along with transportation services) to be the main problem of the last three months. The situation gets further aggravated by the destruction of the international logistics system. As the tried-and-true schemes of interaction with foreign partners have changed dramatically, transportation routes have become more difficult and expensive. The company constantly looks for alternative approaches and ways to reduce costs, but it is not always possible to find truly effective solutions given the overall uncertainty and the strong dependence on external factors.
Mr. Rudakov also named maintenance of imported equipment a pressing problem for the industry. With foreign specialists failing to visit the premises due to sanctions, domestic services require additional efforts and expenses.
Still, despite all the challenges, ECO-Culture sticks to its development strategy. This year, the company plans to launch new production facilities. The agricultural holding expects the growth of indicators, although the actual dynamics will, of course, depend on the global economic situation. The production schedule is to be adjusted to meet market conditions and changes in consumer preferences.
Right now, the holding’s enterprises continue to supply organic vegetables – tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce – to Russian consumers. While ECO-Culture mainly produces common tomato varieties, the product line also includes premium hybrids that gained so much popularity among local customers.
Further in the article, the authors cited data from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation: apparently, the output of greenhouse vegetables has increased by 4.5 percent since the beginning of the year compared to the same period in 2021. The production leaders include Lipetsk and Moscow Oblasts along with Stavropol Krai, represented by ECO-Culture’s major facilities. The holding also operates greenhouse complexes in Tula, Voronezh, and Leningrad Oblasts. Statistics confirm that indoor vegetable production keeps growing in spite of the current difficulties. The Ministry expects the positive dynamics to be retained by the end of the year.
For the full text of the article, please visit the Agroinvestor official website.