As the first buds and sprouts begin to appear outside, greenhouses are already very green. Mārupe and Getliņi Eko, tomato and cucumber growers, say the winter has been a success despite high energy prices, Latvian Television reported on April 12.
In the Mārupe greenhouses, two hectares of soil are already producing cucumbers. At the end of April, the first tomato harvest will also come in. Despite high energy prices, the company has survived this winter.
Marta Kravale, chair of the Mārupe Greenhouses Board, said: "We have different types of heating in the company. Last year we built a new woodchip boiler house. We also have a gas boiler, a cogeneration plant, and a biogas plant. The sources of heat are indeed different. We changed all the time and really followed the market as we looked, thought, and calculated."
The cost of heating did force the company to refrain from growing cucumbers in the old greenhouses.
"In the autumn, we decided on the demolition of the four old, inefficient greenhouses. They were built in 1979. Of course, they are no longer effective. We tore them down," Kravale said.
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