Russia: Greenhouse vegetable production on the rise in Magnitogorsk

Agricultural products will be grown on local greenhouse complexes in the area of the Agapovsky district, in Chelyabinsk. At a meeting of the regional government, the Agriculture Minister Sergei Sushkov confirmed the granting of subsidies in 2014-2015 for the purchase of high-tech equipment for greenhouse production.

The project aims to ensure the year round supply of fresh herbs and vegetables grown with the most advanced technologies. 

According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Chelyabinsk region, the development of vegetable production in the area is already bringing results. If the 2012, self-sufficiency for greenhouse vegetables was of 5%; in 201, it already reached 16%. In 2014, the total acreage of modern greenhouses will increase from 8.8 hectares to 36.7 hectares, where 19.5 thousand tonnes of vegetables will be grown. By 2015, the high-tech greenhouse production should increase to 22.4 thousand tonnes of vegetables. This will ensure that 50% of the area's demand for fresh greenhouse vegetables will be covered locally, even in the winter. 

The development of modern greenhouse production projects will create more than 400 new jobs in the area.

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