Solnechny Dar, part of the EKO-Culture agricultural company, is the largest greenhouse complex in the south of Russia. The complex occupies an area of more than 57 hectares and produces about 35 thousand tons of vegetables every year.
According to Baranenkov Vladimir Fedorovich, the managing director of the greenhouse complex, the secret of success is a composition of many factors. The first one is a good location. Climatic conditions of Stavropol Krai, namely, the abundance of sun exposure in any season, favors greenhouse cultivation of tomatoes since the vegetables are very demanding to natural light. Greenhouses provide just the right amount of light and warmth for the plants.
The second one is modern Dutch technologies successfully adapted to the climate of Stavropol. The agronomical department of the enterprise ensures that all the processes occurring in the greenhouse create a perfect environment for tomatoes. In particular, it includes drip irrigation, temperature control, plant nutrition and pollination. The microclimate inside the greenhouses is maintained by the centralized computer control system. It is also noteworthy that the greenhouse facilities of ECO-Culture do not use chemical protectors and stimulators for fruits and vegetables but only natural techniques. In fact, even the pollination is entrusted to bumblebees, which increases the yield by 30-35 per cent, while pests are being countered by insect predators, i.e. Macrolophus bugs.
The third factor is a high-quality breeding material, which allows producing fruits with a high content of vitamins and minerals. At the same time, the taste characteristics of the tomatoes remain at a high level, as well as the sugar content.
And the main thing is well-coordinated and neat personnel work. The greenhouse staff controls all stages of plant growth and development, timely make the necessary adjustments to the cultivation mode, and keeps the cultivation conditions permanently perfect.