The forecast by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture predicts at least 1.45 million tons of vegetables will be grown in the country’s winter greenhouses in 2021, which is 7.6% more than last year. Operational data as of February 2nd states that 114,300 tons of vegetables have already been produced in greenhouses, which is 15.6% higher than the level in 2020 (98,900 tons). Of these, the harvest of cucumbers amounted to 75,300 tons (+6.4%) and tomatoes were 37,300 tons (+40.8%).
The leaders among the regions in greenhouse production are Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk regions; Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories; the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan; and the Karachay-Cherkess Republic. They account for over 57% of the total production in the country.
According to the director of the National Union of Horticulture Producers Mikhail Glushkov, investments in greenhouse projects contribute to the growth of production. Since 2016, the area of the complexes has grown by more than a third. In 2020, greenhouses totalled close to 2,800 hectares and the volume of production during this time increased by 78%. At the end of last year, the growth of vegetable production in winter greenhouses amounted to more than 18% with a decrease in imports by 15.2% to 558,900 tons.
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