For greenhouse farms in Ukraine, the costs of logistics, fuel, packaging, labels, and containers have increased. The cost of electricity has also increased by 40%. Despite the conditions, the Organic Greenhouse enterprise in the Kharkiv region started a new season in February, the first crops of which are already being harvested.
Organic Greenhouse grows vegetables in a glass greenhouse with an area of 0.5 ha throughout the year. The main products are large-fruited cucumbers of the Atlet variety, cocktail tomatoes, and cherries. In total, they grow up to 100 tons of organic products per year and sell them in trade networks throughout Ukraine.
Oleksandr Yasynskyi, the founder of Organic Greenhouse, notes that consumers can compare their organic cucumbers with those grown using conventional 'chemical' technology. And although they are 30-40% more expensive, they are still in demand in vegetable stores.
"This year, Organic Greenhouse plans to increase the area, adding another 0.5 hectares of greenhouses. This project was planned long before the war started, but it had to be suspended for a year. We will add peppers, eggplants, and several types of tomatoes to the assortment," says Oleksandr.
"I believe that the most important thing now is that there should be a victory, that fewer of our soldiers die in the war, and us entrepreneurs, will support and restore the economy of Ukraine. The country must be strong both economically and militarily," the founder concludes.
Source (Ukrainian): agroportal.ua