Premium tomatoes are now being grown for export in Azerbaijan by a new-to-agriculture player in a high-tech structure thanks to Netafim’s local greenhouse projects team.
A leading water conveyance equipment manufacturer in Azerbaijan looked to diversify into agriculture for the first time and needed a partner with relevant experience and expertise that could guide it from start to finish. Netafim offered that and more, with its own Azerbaijani-speaking team on the ground.
The water conveyance equipment company started cultivating tomatoes this year on the five-hectare site and will be exporting their produce to neighboring Russia.
Netafim’s polyethylene structure increases energy efficiency
Netafim’s energy efficient approach and interplanting have been key to the success of this project, which is located in Naftalan, the oil and gas city 200 miles from the capital Baku.
When it came to the greenhouse design and planning, Netafim recommended a highly-durable polyethylene structure with polycarbonate external walls and energy saving screen. This provides excellent heat conservation, while reducing expenditure on gas-powered heating.
Inside the greenhouse, Netafim installed a state-of the-art control system that takes care of the climate and irrigation, and NetaFlex, a new Nutrigation system, that delivers precisely-regulated nutrients to the tomato plants.
Advanced interplanting cultivation to increase productivity
Interplanting involves growing early and late cycles of crops side by side to ensure the greenhouse is operational throughout the year. It sounds simple but requires the sophistication of two irrigation systems working in tandem, delivering just the right volume of water and fertilizer to each plant. For the client the benefits are three-fold:
- saving on time which would otherwise be spent on replanting
- increasing yields
- ensuring a consistent supply of tomatoes throughout the year.
The project also includes a 1 hectare nursery which produces high quality seedlings for the greenhouse throughout the year.
“We chose to execute this project with Netafim because of their impressive greenhouse projects track record in our country and because their local support team is available to us 24/7,” said a spokesman for the company.
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