16 growers in the Simav district of Kutahya (Turkey) are growing vegetables in the smart greenhouses they have set up with the help of state funds. 50% of the initial investment costs were covered by the state support program.
Each greenhouse is 3,500 square meters in size, and the sensors in these greenhouses are managing the humidity and temperature levels whilst also taking care of the fertilization and irrigation automatically.
The main products grown in the greenhouses are tomatoes and cucumbers. The growers prefer hydroponic production.
Local mayor Guray Guner: “Our growers harvest around 15 tons per 1,000 square meters in their greenhouses. Our municipality is offering all its support to entrepreneurs looking to set up their own greenhouses, and our state is covering half of the initial investment costs as well. We have plenty of access to geothermal resources in this area, which gives our growers a significant cost advantage in their production.”