Botanika (Ovoschevod) is one of the largest producers of vegetables in Russia. The company grows cucumbers on an area of 36 hectares. Currently, the company is building a 54-hectare modern tomato project with artificial lighting technology. The opening of the first phase of 27 hectares was already in September 2019.
Large-scale plans for the further development of the enterprise necessitated the construction of a new high-tech seedling complex, the area of which will be 4.2 hectares. The new seedling block will allow to grow high-quality seedlings year-round, regardless of the changing seasons and the region in which it is located.
"The new seedling department is a professional room for growing 6.8 meters high to the ridge, with a backlight of 10,000 lux, heated concrete floors, a mobile growth tube, with an overhead heating monorail system. The supplier of all technological equipment for the seedling complex is the Dutch company Van der Hoeven.
Water is supplied after filtration by the reverse osmosis system. For seedling cultivation only primary purified water will be used. The use of return drainage for growing seedlings is not considered. The new modern seedling complex will allow to simultaneously receive from 1 million to 1.5 million pieces of cucumber or tomato plants," comments Sergey Petrovich Fedorov, Deputy Director for Production of Ovoschevod LLC.
The main advantages of the seedling complex:
- Automated process of sowing, sorting, grafting seedlings
- Multiple climate controlled areas
- Systems: air recirculation, fogging, heating and CO2 supply, double shuttering (energy-saving, shading screens)
- Mosquito net
The use of modern technologies and successful experience will allow the company to organize highly efficient production of high-quality seedlings.