Due to difficulties with gasification, the productivity of the greenhouse complex “NK Lotos” in Primorye (RF) will be lower than planned


Due to difficulties with gasification, the productivity of the greenhouse complex “NK Lotos” in Primorye (RF) will be lower than planned

07/19/2020

In the future, the greenhouse complex will produce 25 thousand tons of products per year – tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, lettuce, possibly also flower products

The first phase of the NK Lotos greenhouse complex in the Advanced Development Area (TOR) Mikhailovsky in the Primorsky Territory of Russia is scheduled to be commissioned in October this year. Its capacity will be 8.5 thousand tons of products per year, which is less than the previously announced figures. According to the Minister of Agriculture of the region, Andrei Brontz, this is due to the fact that natural gas is enough for only 10 hectares of greenhouses, which is about 7-8.5 thousand tons of products per year.

“Only now, when natural gas came to Primorye, it became possible to grow competitively priced vegetables here. Only now there are investors who are ready to invest in greenhouse production, subject to the availability of free gas, ”Bronz said. He also clarified that it will not yet be possible to produce 25 thousand tons of products on 30 hectares: there is no gas for this until 2023. “This is the main limiter. There is not enough gas in Primorye yet, ”the minister added.

Earlier it was reported that the greenhouse complex in Mikhailovsky will produce 25 thousand tons of products per year – tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, lettuce, and in the future also flower products – with investments of 4.5 billion rubles. The project is divided into three stages, the second and third stages will be commissioned within three years. In addition to greenhouses, the complex includes warehouses, a laboratory, a transport and logistics center.

At the beginning of this year, other companies also announced plans to build greenhouse complexes in the Far Eastern Federal District, but were forced to abandon them due to the devaluation of the ruble, says Mikhail Glushkov, head of the Fruit and Vegetable Union. “NK Lotus” by that time was already at the home stretch, and those three projects had just received loans, ”he adds.

The NK Lotus project is the only large greenhouse complex in the Far East, which is explained by a number of features of the region. They are connected with logistics and demand: there are no large megalopolises in the region that would ensure constant consumption of products, says Tamara Reshetnikova, General Director of Tekhnologii Rosta. At the same time, the absence of large projects is not a problem for the region: local greenhouse complexes of 3-5 hectares, located near large cities, are more relevant for it. According to Reshetnikova, such a model is the most correct not only for the Far East, but also for the Far North.

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“The Far East is very attractive for investors: there are good wholesale prices for fruits and vegetables, and this is the only region of the country that imports cucumbers. True, electricity and gas are very expensive there, but, as far as I know, regional authorities are making efforts to reduce energy tariffs for greenhouses and will subsidize these costs, ”Glushkov commented to Agroinvestor.

At the same time, many investors who plan to work in the Far East, especially if their projects are located near the borders, rely on export to China or Japan. “Japan has enough of its products, and China is bringing its greenhouse vegetables, especially peppers and salads, to us in fairly large volumes. But, on the other hand, there are a number of Chinese megacities whose residents are interested in organic products or labeled “eco,” Reshetnikova commented to Agroinvestor. “Still, the overwhelming majority of vegetable products from China do not meet our safety standards, not to mention the taste.” Glushkov also says that wealthy Chinese prefer imported goods, so in the future, premium products could be exported to China.

In millionaire cities in China, there are population groups who are ready to pay much more for environmentally friendly products, but organizing the export of vegetables to China is even more difficult than exporting their products to Europe in terms of the speed of resolving emerging issues, Reshetnikova continues. So, if a truck with vegetables gets up at the border, and for some reason they do not clear it, the goods will quickly disappear, which will immediately lead to direct losses.

Mongolia is also adjacent to the borders of the Far Eastern Federal District. There are practically no greenhouses there, but the mentality of consumption differs significantly from Russian and even Chinese – the country’s inhabitants almost never use fresh products. There is also Kazakhstan: although it is somewhat remote from the Far Eastern Federal District, the country’s inhabitants are quite solvent, it also has its own greenhouse complexes, including the modern type, says Reshetnikova. “This country is interesting, but Kazakhstan is still far from the Far Eastern Federal District. I would not say that greenhouses in the Far East have significant export potential, we need to consider the sale of products in their regions, “she concluded.

NK Lotus was registered in 2018. The authorized capital of the company is 10 thousand rubles, the beneficiary of the company is Nikita Olegovich Kozhemyako (the current governor of the Primorsky Territory is Oleg Kozhemyako). The main activity is the cultivation of vegetables, melons, root crops and tubers, mushrooms.

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