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Turkey: Increased support for sustainable glass

While Turkey is known for its large greenhouse industry that mainly consists of plastic greenhouse structures, more growers are said to be interested in glass Venlo structures. The increased support and available incentives from the government for sustainable technologies are especially pushing more growers to look at glass.

"Investment in greenhouse construction and in general horticulture is very strongly supported by the government of Turkey", said Galina Nagy of Varnet Glasshouse System, an Antalya based greenhouse builder that specializes in Venlo type glass greenhouse construction. Located in the ‘Greenhouse Capital’ of Turkey, her company is right next to the highland regions of Elmali and Korkuteli where glass greenhouse agriculture has very significantly increased in the last few years. Over the last two years, Varnett completed two glass greenhouse projects in that area.

Galny said due to the increased support for sustainable and efficient production practices, their designs more often accommodate technical solutions with minimal environmental impact.

The two hectare geothermal greenhouse of Sanser Tarim

"A prime example of this may be a recent project we completed in Sandikli, Afyonkarahisar, a region where thermal ground water - as in most such places in Turkey - is used for district heating. Our engineering department designed a clever system of valves and heat exchangers to heat the greenhouse with this renewable energy. The heat source is used without a direct line out of the city's heating system and thus avoiding the depletion of any energy.''

The independent use of the return (waste) waters before re injection into the strata enabled the grower Sanser Tarim to grow tomatoes within their modern glass Venlo greenhouse of 2 hectares with a minimal environmental footprint, and most importantly; significant savings.

The greenhouse project of Sanser Tarim was completed in April this year and was the second project that Varnet had been working on. It was Sanser Tarim's first step into horticulture which shows that newcomers in this industry are looking at more modern production practices than the traditional Turkish greenhouse growers.

"We mainly build Venlo type glass greenhouses that use advanced Dutch horticultural technologies", said Galny. "The range of our services run from supplying the construction materials and the components of its integrated systems (heating, ventilation, screening, fogging, irrigation, and electrical systems etc.), to build and complete customized turnkey glass greenhouse projects.''

For more information:
Varnet Glasshouse Systems
Galina Nagy
Sales & Export Manager
Office: +90 242 502 0305 ext 129
Mobile: +90 530 042 2743
Email: [email protected]