Russia: Stavropol governor lobbies strawberry greenhouse construction

The strawberry greenhouse complex that is planned to be launched in spring of the coming year near Kislovodsk, Stavropol region, will be producing 900 tons of berries per year, meeting 1% of the country's demand, according to the initiator of the project, Ms. Oksana Fedoseeva.

The overall amount of strawberries imported in Russia amounts to 90-100 thousand tons a year.

New greenhouses will occupy an acreage of 6 ha near Kislovodsk. According to Ms. Fedoseeva, the conditions there are most favorable in the whole region for strawberry growing. The speaker added that the governor of Stavropol region, Mr. Vladimir Vladimirov, helped get the land plot allocation.

The production is not very profitable, acknowledged Ms. Fedoseeva, and is quality oriented; therefore, they cannot manage without subsidies from the state budget.

“For many greenhouse growers berry production is not very profitable. But our top priority is not the highest profitability, we aim for long-term development”, noted Ms. Fedoseeva.

The press service of the Stavropol region governor announced that the greenhouse was going to be constructed in January 2018. It was expected that the project would cost 6.4 million euros, but now it turns out those costs have been exceeded. In June, the press service of the Ministry of Economy of the Stavropol region announced the redefined amount, 10.7 million euros, having noted that the calculation was completed only half a year after the first announcement on the construction was made.


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