Growing premium tomatoes within the Arctic Circle

It is a trend that is on the rise: entrepreneurs without an agricultural background starting a greenhouse business. Agrifutura is such a company; they recently finished construction of the first 2-hectare Ultra-Clima greenhouse in Finland. And they are planning a further 6 hectares of expansion.
 


Agrifutura has its origins in the logistics and financial sector. What is remarkable is that entrepreneurs without horticultural roots often show a preference for the latest innovations in greenhouse horticulture. This is how Agrifutura ended up with an Ultra-Clima greenhouse: added advantage greenhouse that has huge advantages in the Finnish climate around the steel city, Pori. The region borders on the Arctic Circle, an area where summer days last almost 24 hours, but where it is light for only a few hours in the winter.

Agrifutura expects to achieve high yields in tomato cultivation by using artificial light and protection. The produce is mainly intended for the local market, where fresh vegetables fetch ‘premium prices’. For this, Agrifutura is introducing an innovative 24/7 service concept for retailers. Because the Ultra-Clima greenhouse is a semi-closed greenhouse, Agrifutura is able to cultivate organically or biologically ready produce, i.e. it involves cultivating according to biological standards, but on a substrate. In the long term, the company is interested in expanding into red peppers.

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