Greenhouse complex Ivanisovo in Electrostal (Russia) started industrial production of a new eggplant variety, reports the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Moscow region.
“A major greenhouse complex with a year-round vegetable production cycle has expanded its assortment. They have started seeding the eggplants of an unusual variety. This new vegetable is planned to be grown on a permanent basis”, announced the Minister of Agriculture and Food of the region, Mr. Andrey Razin.
The eggplant variety in question is called Angela. The fruits, weighing 350 to 400 grams, with 22-25 cm length, have purple and white stripes, distinctive white flesh and long shelf life.
“Eggplant production will take place on an acreage of about 0.7 ha. We will plant about 15 thousand vegetables that will be grown in coconut substrate. The approximate productivity would comprise 45-50 kilos per square meter. The eggplant hybrid has been included in the State Register of Selection Achievements, Authorized for Use in the territory of Russia”, noted Mr. Razin.
In order to pick the right sort of eggplants, the agronomists of the enterprise tested several hybrids of the plant. In the season of 2019-2020, they grew the seedlings, planted them in the greenhouse and studied the appearance, crop productivity and resistance to pests and diseases. As a result, the agronomists have chosen the Angela variety.
“Experimental batches of eggplants were delivered to the Ivanisovo branded stores in order to study the demand. And, according to the reviews, the customers showed a positive response.”
The Minister reminded that the acreage of Ivanisovo greenhouse complex comprises 20.5 ha. A high automation level and contemporary technologies allow growing about 20 thousand tons of tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce all year round.