Sergei Fomenkov explains RBC why Russia needs more greenhouses

In the agricultural section of the website of RBC, the country’s largest multimedia company, a new article on the greenhouse business in Russia was published. The author was Sergey Fomenkov, the Vice-President for Strategy and Marketing at APH ECO-Culture.

The article covers many issues related to the problems and prospects of the greenhouse sector in the country. The author emphasizes the profitability and viability of the agro-industrial complex in today’s Russia.

Sergey Fomenkov shared his experience as the head of the largest greenhouse enterprise in the country and explains what makes indoor crops safer and “green” than open-ground ones. The author believes that the wide use of greenhouses in our country is fully justified by the climatic conditions which provide no possibility to cultivate vegetables outdoor all year round. Meanwhile, the demand for fresh organic products is constantly growing. Even in the south of Russia, the harvesting period lasts 5 months a year, which is much longer than in other regions.

This reason provides the greenhouse business in Russia with all chances to become profitable. Right now, the country has about 2.5 thousand hectares of protected soil area, which is 10 per cent more than it was a year ago. The share of greenhouse products in the domestic market is 67 per cent. According to analysts’ forecasts, in 5 years it will grow to 85 per cent. The main vegetable crops grown in greenhouses are cucumbers and tomatoes (70 and 25 per cent, respectively). The remaining 5 per cent are mainly herbs, peppers, and eggplants.

The Vice President of the holding believes that using modern greenhouse technology, we can produce tasty and environmentally friendly products without the use of chemical protective agents and growth stimulators. Such principles are the basic ones when we speak about the work of ECO-Culture greenhouse: here, only safe methods are allowed to be used. Natural mineral wool and coconut wood are used as an organic substrate, while advanced biological techniques protect the plants against diseases and pests.

In other words, domestic vegetable products grown in modern greenhouses are often not only safer but also tastier than the ones cultivated in the open ground, let alone imported cucumbers and tomatoes.

Fomenkov claims the deployment of greenhouses to be the newest trend not only in rural areas and suburbs but in large cities as well. This type of production allows reducing transport expenses and the total cost of the construction.

The article proceeds to the issues of government support for greenhouse business and shortage of qualified personnel.

Read the full text of the article on RBC website.