“Ovoschi Chernozemya” complex is one of ECO-Culture’s most large-scale and important greenhouse projects not only in Lipetsk Oblast but in the whole of Russia as well. As of now, the enterprise occupies an area of 86.21 hectares and is running at full capacity producing 45,672 tons of vegetables annually. Not only does it provide fresh tomatoes to consumers all over the region throughout the year but it also increases the level of food security in the central regions of the country. This is why it is no exaggeration to call the complex an economic and strategic facility of federal importance.
All the systems inside the greenhouses are controlled by a central computer that automatically supervises lighting, ventilation, heating, cooling, nutrients supply, and assistive illumination. The operation of the processor is adjusted depending on external weather conditions taking into account rain, wind, cloud cover, and other factors.
All that combined makes it possible to create an ideal microclimate in the greenhouses, which ensures high yields and excellent taste and organoleptic qualities of tomatoes. With the product safety and content of useful nutrients complying with all the highest standards, the quality of the vegetables is also confirmed by the high demand from consumers.
It should be noted that no chemical methods of pest control are used during cultivation. For plant protection, instead, only biological and engineering measures are adopted. For example, insect pests are destroyed by their natural enemy – predatory macrolophus bug, which is bred specifically for this purpose in the laboratories of the complex (insectariums). To counteract flying insects, ultraviolet traps, sticky tapes, and mosquito nets on the windows are used.
The personnel of the complex strictly observe hygiene rules: before entering the greenhouse, it is mandatory for every employee to change clothes, clean shoes, and wash their hands. There are even dedicated departments that ensure sterile conditions in all of the production areas. These measures are designed to make the product more environmentally friendly and increase the yield of greenhouse crops.