Dutch growers working in Slovakia. A study shows it might just be successful, given that there is hardly any greenhouse cultivation and there are favourable conditions. Therefore, Energyplant started the development of a large-scale greenhouse complex in the Slovak Danube Valley. Early next year a feasibility study will be presented.
Energyplant is exploring opportunities for international horticulture by Dutch companies. Their research shows that there is potential for horticulture in Slovakia. Dutch companies would be able to open or start a joint venture with other internationally oriented growers. Now five Dutch companies are working together to realize this project. These include Energyplant, BK group, Flynth advisors and accountants, VEK advisory and Mentink Process Management.
The location in the Danube Valley is not suitable for year round production, as there are quite harsh Winters plaguing cultivation. Piet Scheele of Energyplant: "But if you look at sustainable, local-for-local production the place is ideal. There are enough customers. Consider Vienna, Budapest and Prague. Furthermore, we have the impression that it is profitable because you do have higher selling prices and the potential of waste heat and geothermal energy. And there are many people who can work at relatively low hourly wages. This results in good returns."
Once those involved will settle on a location, Energyplant, local suppliers of CO2 and waste heat, and other external financiers decide to participate in the development and to fund the process.
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